We create a space for voices to be heard because we care about all the people in our industry.
The purpose of the BIBC as a private sector bargaining council is closely aligned with the international concept of ‘productive employment' or ‘decent work’. Serving the building industry in the Western Cape, the mission of the BIBC supports the United Nations (UN) goal to promote “sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, as captured in the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.
Established by industry trade unions and employers' organisations, parties to the BIBC have adopted a constitution that outlines its mission to provide a central labour bargaining forum to negotiate and promote:
- Agreement for equitable conditions of employment in the building industry in the Western Cape
- Labour peace
- An effective and efficient labour force
- Stable employment; and
- To contribute constructively to the development and maintenance of a free, just and prosperous South Africa.
Services to the Building Industry
The BIBC achieves its mission through the following services for the benefit of industry members:
- Conclusion of Collective Agreements
- Establishment of Employee Benefit schemes and funds
- Dispute Prevention and Resolution services (CCMA accreditation)
The BIBC is a Sector and Area-specific Bargaining Council created in terms of the Labour Relations Act No 66 of 1995, which provides that employer and employee representative organisations within an industry or area can enter into collective agreements covering “any areas of mutual interest”. The parties of the BIBC negotiate a Collective Agreement every three years, which once signed, is published as a Government Gazette by the Minister of Employment and Labour.
Thereafter, the Minister may elect to extend the agreement to bind all persons engaged in the building industry within the demarcated area of the BIBC who then become legally required to comply with the terms of the collective agreement, whether they were signatories to the agreement or not.
Although the BIBC is a creation of statute, it is not sponsored by the State, and is funded by levies paid equally by employers and employees.