The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) has issued a notice to non-party employers and employees regarding the commencement of negotiations affecting employment conditions in the building industry. The employer and trade union parties to the BIBC are preparing to enter substantive industry negotiations later this year to consider general employment conditions as well as wages, amongst other matters.
Negotiations are scheduled to negotiate for the period from 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2017, but this period could be extended if necessary.
"The period may be extended for up to three years as it has been in the past, but this will be determined by the parties," says Ronel Sheehan, Secretary for the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).
Once negotiations are concluded, the BIBC will apply to the Minister of Labour for the extension of the Collective Agreement to non-parties in terms of the Labour Relations Act. The amended Collective Agreement will then be published in the Government Gazette.
"Non-party employers and employees within the Council's registered scope have therefore been invited to make submissions for consideration by the Parties of the Bargaining Council as part of their deliberations," adds Sheehan.
She notes that:
- The Collective Agreement is aimed at ensuring stability in the building industry and governs the industry as a whole.
- It covers the critical elements of minimum wages and benefits - clauses that have a wide-ranging effect on the industry as a whole.
- Employers and employees in the Peninsula, Boland, Malmesbury and Overstrand areas are represented by the Master Builders' and Allied Trades Association Western Cape; Boland Master Builders' and Allied Trades Association; Building Workers' Union; Building, Wood and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa; National Union of Mineworkers and the Building Construction and Allied Workers' Union.