Friday, 28 December 2012 18:00

Labour Minister signs amendments to increase BIBC control

The Building Industry Bargaining Council has announced amendments to its Collective Agreement, which governs the building industry. The changes are aimed at increasing control and pushing for increased levels of employer registration and compliance. The Amendments have been signed by the Minister of Labour and will be Gazetted on 7 December 2012 and come into effect on 10 December 2012.

The amendments are primarily focused on:

  • Reducing the period in which an employer must register an employee, reducing it to 20 days from 60 days.
  • Including the requirement of a notice board displaying the building contractor's name, wherever building operations are being carried out.
  • The Council's authority now includes the Overstrand Local Municipality, which implies that those employers, employees and unions within the building industry of the towns of Gansbaai, Hangklip, Hermanus, Kleinmond and Stanford are governed by the same Collective Agreement as the areas within the Peninsula, Boland and Malmesbury.

The BIBC applied to the Department of Labour several months ago to have the amendments extended to non-parties, full details of which is obtainable on the Council's website and available in a hard-copy at their offices.

The current Collective Agreement, which governs the industry as a whole, came into effect from December 2010 and is applicable until 31 October 2013, whilst the amendments will be applicable from 10 December 2012 and will run for the same period.