What is the BIBC?

The Building Industry Bargaining Council
(Cape of Good Hope)

A Brief History

The BIBC has been operating for more than 80 years. It originated in the 1920’s under the Inspector of Labour as “The Cape Peninsula Building Trades Joint Board” and had as its logo “Fair wages and Conditions”. In October 1925, the Board was converted to “The Local and District Committee of the National Industrial Council of the Building Industry of South Africa”. In 1995, the Labour Relations Act created a new legislative framework and renamed Industrial Councils as Bargaining Councils.

Our Legal Basis

The Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope) is a sector and area-specific Bargaining Council created in terms of the Labour Relations Act (1995). The Labour Relations Act (LRA) provides that employer and employee representative organizations within an industry or area can enter into collective agreements covering “any areas of mutual interest” and if they are sufficiently representative of the industry, the parties can approach the Minister of Labour to gazette these agreements and extend them to bind non-parties as well. The Collective Agreement is generally negotiated between the parties every three years and once signed, is gazetted by the Minister with effect from 01 November of the applicable year. Thereafter, all persons engaged in the building industry within the demarcated area of the Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) are legally obliged to comply with the terms of the collective agreement, whether they were signatories to the agreement or not. Although the BIBC is a creature of statute, it is not sponsored by the State and it is funded by levies paid equally by employers and employees. Click here to view The Council's Constitution.

Our Main Functions
Today, the BIBC’s four essential functions are:

  • To offer a forum to negotiate a collective agreement between employer and employee representative organizations on an annual basis
  • To administer the collective agreement entered into between employer and employee representative bodies in the building industry. The agreement covers standard terms and conditions of employment e.g rates of pay, benefits, holidays etc
  • To resolve labour disputes in the building industry rather than referring them to the CCMA
  • To administer social benefit funds for employees (e.g. retirement, medical aid, sick pay and holiday pay)

Our area of jurisdiction

The area of jurisdiction covers an area of approximately 4000sq km extending from Pearly Beach in the Overstrand along the Hottentots Holland mountains to Riebeeck West and westwards to Yzerfontein.  The area includes the entire Peninsula. In this area, any person engaged in building activities is legally obliged to be registered with the BIBC and to comply with the collective agreement. Currently, there are approximately 2800 employers and 40,000 employees  active in the building industry in this area. Please refer to our latest  Collective Agreement for the complete area of jurisdiction of the BIBC.

The size of our organization

The BIBC consists of 20 part-time councillors (including a Chairman and Deputy Chairman) who meet monthly. Employer and employee organizations have equal representation on the Council. There is a Secretary/CEO and staff of approximately 88 people.