Union obligations
Union obligations

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Union obligations
  • Summary of obligations
  • Register of members
  • Elections to office—specified positions and term of office
  • Elections to office—election requirements
  • Elections to office—disqualification
  • Political expenditure

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Trade Union Act 2016 includes various measures in relation to unions including changes to the role of the Certification Officer, some of which are still to be brought into force, intended to enhance his regulatory role to ensure the robust and effective regulation of unions. For more information, see Practice Note: The Trade Union Act 2016.

Summary of obligations

A trade union is subject to a number of statutory obligations:

  1. it must compile and maintain a register of the names and addresses of its members and must ensure, so far as practicable, that the register is accurate and is kept up to date. It must also send a membership audit certificate to the Certification Officer in respect of each reporting period stating whether the union has complied with its obligation to maintain the register and keep it up to date. The obligations in respect of the register of members are discussed further below

  2. it must supply a copy of its rules to any person on request, either free or on payment of a reasonable charge

  3. it must keep proper accounting records with respect to its transactions, assets and liabilities, and must establish and maintain a satisfactory system of control over its accounts, its cash holdings, and

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