News from the Western Cape

July 30th, 2012, Published in Articles: Vector

The industry awaits with bated breath the publication of the new Bargaining Council Wage Agreement which has been submitted to the Department of Labour. It is pleasing to report that the Industry Pension and Provident Funds Collective Agreement has just been extended by the Department for a period of five years.

Many employers are still feeling the squeeze of the economic downturn, and even the smaller employer has of late been faced with dealing with retrenchments. For many such employers this is the first time that they have addressed an exercise of this nature, and we remind members to contact us the moment they contemplate possible retrenchment of staff so that that we may advise them of the procedures to follow.

Several members in the region who have faced unfair dismissal claims by ex-employees this year, have questioned the need for such (conciliation) cases to now be heard at the CCMA and not at the Bargaining Council. Given the non-publication of the Bargaining Council Wage Agreement, the Bargaining Council can at the moment only conciliate party-party disputes so, should the ex-employee not be a member of the party trade union, the matter must be referred to the CCMA.

The ECA Cape Town training centre recently underwent a lengthy accreditation inspection by the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA), and we await the re-accreditation of our training and trade test centre by the CETA.

The region has been offering a series of workshops on Amendment 8 to SANS 10142-1, the wiring of premises, and further workshops are scheduled in the upcoming months. We also have another tendering and estimating course scheduled, as well as a workshop on hazardous locations. Further details on these workshops and courses will be circulated.  

The regional marketing campaign in the monthly “Home Improvers'” supplement in the local newspapers urging homeowners to use ECA members when employing electrical contractors is paying dividends, given the number of calls we still receive from the public asking after ECA member electrical contractors.

The campaign has also seen numerous complaints from members of the public about electrical contractors referred to our office, but it is pleasing to say that these complaints have involved non-ECA members only. This has given us the opportunity to explain to the homeowner the benefits of using ECA members. 

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ECA  Cape  Town  training centre practical course schedule

The following practical training courses are scheduled by the training centre for September and October 2012:

September 2012

M0 Induction    3 September to 7 September   1 week
M1 Installation Wireways  10 September to 14 September         1 week
M2 Installation of Cables  17 September to 21 September  1 week
M3 Wiring of Premises  25 September to 28 September  1 week

October 2012

M4 Three Phase Transformers            1 October to 5 October               1 week
M5 Motors Test                              8 October to 19 October              2 weeks
M6 Testing of Installation  22 October to 26 October                    1 week
M0 Induction                                      29 October to  2 November                 1 week

Pierre A. Foot, regional director, Western Cape

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