South African construction workers have ended a three week strike after reaching a 12 percent wage hike deal with employers, their union said on Friday.AFP/File JOHANNESBURG (AFP) South African construction workers have ended a three week strike after reaching a 12 percent wage hike deal with employers, their union said on Friday. The National Union of Mineworkers spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said the increase will be implemented across the board. The union, which represents the majority of workers in the sector, described the above-inflation deal as a “major victory”. The union had earlier rejected a 10 percent increase, saying it was too small. The 10 percent offer was accepted by a smaller rival union, the Building, Construction and Allied Workers’ Union. Seshoka said the settlement will override the old agreement. Some 45,000 had participated in the strike that halted construction projects across the country.
Construction technology spreads in South Florida
Now youre seeing that change. One of the most widely used is called building information modeling, or BIM, which lets a company create a 3-D model in the design phase of a complex development a hospital, for example and virtually plan each stage of the project before ground even is broken. By the end of 2010, when the economy was better, we saw building owners couldnt afford to be as wasteful, said Camps, who also chairs the nonprofit BuildingSMART Alliance. There is greater pressure from ownership to reduce waste and costs. Camps points to the $640 million Marlins Stadium project in Miami as one of the best local uses of the technology. Boston-based Suffolk Construction linked a model to its construction schedule. Software helped prevent three trades from being on site at the same time and helped coordinate deliveries of construction equipment. The ballpark at 501 Marlins Way opened last year. The more prudent we can be up front, the more efficient we can be in the field, said Brad Meltzer, president of the Miami operations of New York-based Plaza Construction.
South Africa construction workers end strike: union
Annual growth of 32.8 percent in construction orders was the biggest since records began in 2005. A private sector survey of the construction industry in August, published last week, showed activity hit its fastest growth in nearly six years after a strong performance in July. Earlier on Friday, a group representing British property surveyors called on the Bank to limit annual house price inflation to 5 percent to prevent another property bubble. Construction accounts for about 6 percent of British gross domestic product. British GDP grew 0.7 percent in the second quarter, helped in part by the turnaround in construction. Some economists have predicted growth could pick up to more than 1 percent in the July-September period.