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Appointment of office bearers

At least 50% of the office bearers of a union should be actually engaged or employed in the industry with which the trade union is concerned, and the remaining 50% or less can be outsiders such as Lawyers, politicians, social workers etc.

To be appointed as an office bearer or executive of a registered trade union, a person must have

  1. attained the age of 18 years; and
  2. not been convicted of any affiance involving moral turpitude and sentenced to imprisonment, or a period of at least 5 years has elapsed since his release.

Change of name and registered office

  • A registered trade union may change its name with the consent of at least 2/3rds of the total numbers of its members.
  • Notice of change of name in writing, signed by the secretary and 7 members of the union, should be sent to the registrar.
  • the Registrar shall register the change in name if he is satisfied that the proposed name is not identical with the name of any other existing union and the requirements with respect to change of name have been complied with.
  • The change of name shall not affect any rights and obligations of the trade union or render any legal proceeding by or against the trade union as defective.

Change of registered office

Notice of change in registered office address should be given to the Registrar in writing within 14 days of such change.

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