| ICBA is the voice of the Open Shop construction industry in British Columbia. We assume the responsibility of making that voice heard. Toward this end, the principles of the open shop, which we have adopted as the basis for our organization, are as follows:
We believe that employees and employers should have the right to determine wages and working conditions, through either individual or collective bargaining as they choose, within the boundaries of the law.
We believe that the employer must have concern for the general welfare of the employee and that there must be fair compensation for the work performed.
We support sound legislation and regulation which is fair to both employers and employees in the areas of labour relations, employment standards, apprenticeship training, worker’s compensation, safety, and unemployment insurance.
We oppose violence, coercion, intimidation, and the denial of the right of free choice of working people.
We believe that fiscal responsibility is the obligation of all branches of government, and, accordingly, that government should award contracts to the lowest bidder qualified to perform the work.
We believe that work opportunities should be available to all persons regardless of race, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, and membership or non-membership in a labour organization.
We oppose any form of monopolies or any kind of price or wage fixing.
We believe that the destiny of all Canadians can be served best by democratic government and the maintenance of a free enterprise system.