BWI activities are determined by its Strategic Plan 2018-2021 adopted at its World Congress in South Africa in 2017.
A world with strong, independent, and democratic trade unions in the
building and timber trades, where all workers have equitable access to
stable jobs, fair wages and safe and healthy working and living
conditions. We want to see an enabling environment for Trade Unions,
where International Labour Standards are promoted, implemented and
enforced, and where social justice, gender equality and respect for
trade union and human rights prevail.
Our fundamental mission is to defend and advance workers' rights, in
order to improve working and living conditions in our sectors. The BWI,
above all, has a rights based approach. We believe that Trade Union
rights are human rights and are based on equality, solidarity and
democracy, and that Trade Unions are indispensable to good governance.
The International Labour Standards of the International Labour
Organisation (ILO), the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights
at work and the Decent Work agenda of the ILO is a Trade Union agenda
in our sectors. We demonstrate the positive contribution from organised
Labour, the “Union Effect”, in achieving these development objectives
and in making workers' rights a priority. Our trade union networks are
ready to confront exploitative employment and labour practices and to
stand up for the rights of all workers in the building and timber
Goals : To improve working and living conditions in the building and wood sectors and promote sustainable industrial development.