The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) is a statutory body created under the Labour Relations Act (LRA) to provide for the co-regulation of stable and productive employment relations in the metal and engineering industries.

The council is an industry based forum of organised business and labour that regulates employment conditions and labour relations in the metal and engineering industry. It provides the necessary, administrative infrastructure and technical expertise to ensure effective collective bargaining, industry compliance, dispute resolution and social protection services. As at end of November, The Council represented approximately 10 624 firms and 306 747 employees in the industry.

The MEIBC’s scope covers a wide range of activities within the metal and engineering industries, including the following sectors:-

  • The production of iron, steel, alloys and metallurgy (eg Arcelor Mittal)
  • General engineering (eg Dorbyl Heavy Engineering)
  • Manufacturing engineering (eg Defy)
  • Building and repairs of ships and boats (eg Southern Wind Shipyards)
  • Certain sections of the electrical engineering industry (eg Siemens)
  • The lift engineering industry (eg Otis) and
  • The plastics industry (eg Nampak).

The MEIBC employs over 140 staff, who are spread nationally across the National Office (Johannesburg), six regional offices named Border Region (East London), Cape Region (Cape Town), Free State and Northern Cape Region (Welkom), Gauteng Region (Johannesburg), KwaZulu Natal Region (Durban), Midland Region (Port Elizabeth), and four satellite offices in Tshwane (Pretoria), George, Emalahleni, and Richards Bay, and a dedicated Centre for Dispute Resolution in Johannesburg.