BUILDING: Builders Want Subsidy Readdressed
Recent Western Cape Business News
The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) is calling on the CCMA to readdress the arbitration subsidy currently being paid, despite the increase in April this year. The BIBC is accredited to conciliate and arbitrate cases within the building industry, performing the function of the CCMA, which in turn alleviates pressure and thereby offering an invaluable service. Cases of unfair dismissals, unfair labour practices, mutual interest disputes, unilateral changes in terms of condition of employment and unprotected strike action, are handled by the council’s accredited commissioners. “Although we received an increase in the subsidy less than three months ago, it is so inadequate that we would like the CCMA to look at increasing it substantially,” explained Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).
The current subsidy is R520 per completed case, which includes an increase of just R70, an amount that the Council believes is insufficient, taking into account that an arbitration can take several days at times to conclude. The current arbitration accreditation is due to expire in 2012, and due to financial pressures, created by the modest dismal subsidy, the BIBC will need to carefully consider whether or not to reapply. “It will be a shame if the Council isn’t able to provide the building industry with this vital function, however, we need to be practical about the financial pressures that this service places on our organization,” concluded Williams.
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