Media Statement - SAFCEC
The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) on behalf of the employers in the Civil Engineering Sector has been involved in wage negotiations with the two unions, BACAWU and NUM to renew their substantive agreement which expires at the end of August 2009.
Unfortunately these negotiations deadlocked on the 3rd June 2009 at the instance of the unions who have referred a dispute to the CCMA.
The National Senior Commissioner for Mediation of the CCMA was appointed to facilitate further deliberations between the parties today, 19th June 2009.
Based on the progress made the parties agreed to continue with the Conciliation process. The next meeting between the parties is scheduled for 26 June 2009.
See original email communication to Members below (12 June 2009):
RE: URGENT NOTIFICATION TO ALL CONTRACTOR MEMBERS
We have been advised by SAFCEC (the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors) that its wage negotiations with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Building & Construction & Allied Workers Union (BACAWU) have now deadlocked and a dispute has been declared.
These unions have referred the dispute to the CCMA for conciliation on the 19 June 2009 and there is a possibility that the dispute will not be resolved. This could potentially lead to industrial action, including strikes, by the members of those unions.
While this theoretically should not directly impact on building sector employees, we are aware that some members are involved in both civil engineering and building activities. A strike occurring at one or more civil engineering enterprises may also affect some of the projects in which you are working.
We will keep a close watch on this situation and advise you of developments. You can also visit the news and information page on our website for further updates
In the interim, please call Brandon Abdinor (031 266 7070 / 083 460 1222) for further information as required.