How build­ing in­dus­try stays up to scratch

It’s all about qual­ity work­ers, and BIBC plays a key role in main­tain­ing stan­dards

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

BUILD­ING OWN­ERS de­mand qual­ity at a fair price, but does ev­ery­one get the qual­ity they de­serve no mat­ter what price they pay?

Ac­cord­ing to In­dawo Paint­ing and Wa­ter­proof­ing, the in­dus­try has taken sig­nif­i­cant steps to en­sure com­pa­nies guar­an­tee the qual­ity they prom­ise and has, by and large, been able to reg­u­late busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in this area of ex­per­tise.

In­dawo man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Jäck says qual­ity starts with the em­ploy­ment of a qual­ity work­force.

“Your work­ers are un­doubt­edly the most im­por­tant part of your busi­ness in this in­dus­try. On top of this, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween em­ployer and worker is of para­mount im­por­tance,” he says.

“By nur­tur­ing a pos­i­tive cor­po­rate cul­ture that em­pow­ers your peo­ple, the col­lec­tive buy-in of ev­ery­one is achieved with the re­quired qual­ity. That is why, along with all statu­tory reg­u­la­tions, we place sig­nif­i­cant em­pha­sis on our com­pli­ance with the Build­ing In­dus­try Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil (BIBC).”

The BIBC orig­i­nated in the 1920s un­der the in­spec­tor of labour as the Cape Penin­sula Build­ing Trades Joint Board, and its slo­gan, “Fair wages and con­di­tions”, rep­re­sented its phi­los­o­phy.

In 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 (LRA) cre­ated a new legi s l a t i v e f r a mework a n d re­named in­dus­trial coun­cils as bar­gain­ing coun­cils.

The BIBC (Cape of Good Hope) was cre­ated un­der the L R A , wh i c h s t a t e s t h a t em­ployer and em­ployee rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions 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.

Col­lec­tive agree­ments are ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the par­ties an­nu­ally and are nor­mally gazetted by the min­is­ter with ef­fect from Novem­ber 1. Af­ter this date, ev­ery­one en­gaged in the build­ing in­dus­try within the de­mar­cated area of the BIBC is re­quired to com­ply with the terms of the col­lec­tive agree­ment, whether they were sig­na­to­ries to the agree­ment or not.

Although the BIBC is a statu­tory body, it is not spon­sored by the State and is funded by l evies paid e qually by em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees.

Jäck says build­ing and home­own­ers should check that their ser­vice providers are com­pli­ant with the nec­es­sary statu­tory reg­u­la­tions, and with in­dus­try bod­ies – most im­por­tantly, with the BIBC.

“South Africa moved into a new era quite some time ago. This is an era in which all work­ers are treated equally with ab­so­lute rights to fair wages and work­ing con­di­tions,” he says.

“By sup­port­ing com­pa­nies t hat are com­pli­ant, South Africans c o l l e c t i vely a r e em­pow­er­ing t he coun­try’s work­force and, by ex­ten­sion, up­lift­ing the so­cio- eco­nomic con­di­tions of the coun­try’s cit­i­zens.”

The main ob­jec­tives of the BIBC are t o ne­go­ti­ate and ad­min­is­ter col­lec­tive agree­ments cov­er­ing stan­dard terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment, re­solve labour dis­putes in the build­ing in­dus­try rather than re­fer­ring them to the CCMA, and to ad­min­is­ter so­cial ben­e­fit funds for em­ploy­ees.

Jäck says: “A pos­i­tive part­ner­ship with work­ers is the driv­ing force for qual­ity work­man­ship. Work­ers must have the peace of mind that their em­ploy­ers are Bibc-com­pli­ant and that em­ploy­ees’ in­ter­ests are taken care of while they are in the field.

“As re­spon­si­ble cor­po­rate cit­i­zens, we need to en­sure that our em­ploy­ees’ rights are taken se­ri­ously and that they can rest as­sured that they will re­ceive equal wage for equal work, and this is fairly en­forced by the BIBC. All South Africans de­serve the as­sur­ance that they will be treated and paid fairly.”

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