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BUILDING: Stringent Changes To Constitution

 



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The Department of Labour has approved and even welcomed the stringent changes that have been made to the constitution that governs the Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope). The changes have been brought about to ensure that the Collective Agreement, which governs all key labour issues within the building industry, continues to apply to both member and non-member parties. “Our council unanimously approved the proposal to guarantee that member parties, especially the relevant unions, have adequate representation to make certain that the Collective Agreement will continue to apply to both party members and non-members,” explained Arnold Williams, Secretary for Building Industry Bargaining Council (Cape of Good Hope).

All member parties will need to show a minimum of 500 employee members (who had been registered with the Council, are active in the Industry as well as paid up) to ensure that they can continue to be represented on council level, failing which they will become merely observers without any voting rights. In addition to this, the constitution now requires that membership is reviewed on a monthly basis, whilst non-compliant parties will only be able to re-apply for reinstatement on an annual basis.

The BIBC is ultimately accountable to the Minister of Labour who has the discretion to make sure that there is a high enough representation, without which non-parties won’t be governed by the Council’s agreements, bringing about fragmentation. “It is critical that our industry remain representative and non-fragmented to reduce unnecessary disruptions such as strike action and other labour disputes,” added Williams

The Building Industry Bargaining Council member parties include the Master Builders Association Western Cape; Master Builders Association Boland; Building, Wood and Allied Workers Union; Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union; National Union of Mineworkers; and the Building Workers Union.


 
 
 
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