The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) has announced the signing between all parties in the civil engineering sector of a three year settlement agreement with respect to wages and conditions of employment.
The settlement will come into force from promulgation by the Minister of Labour later this year. The negotiations were characterised by a deep understanding by all parties of the pressure under which the civil engineering sector has been operating for the last few years.
The parties agreed to a 7,5% wage increase across the board for the first and second year. The increase for the third year will be 7,5% or CPI, whichever is the greater. Negotiations began in the last week of March 2018.
Employers were represented by South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and Consolidated Employers' Organisation (CEO), and employees by the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union (BACWU) and National Union of Mine Workers (NUM).