Most new trade unions denied registration

FILE PICTURE: Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: Tracy Lee Spark.

Close to 300 new trade unions have applied for registration in the past three years but most have been declined, according to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question asked by Congress of the People MP Diratsagae Kganare, Oliphant said of 297 new trade unions that applied for recognition, 248 were refused.

“Applications did not comply with the requirements of the act and the registration guidelines,” she said.

“Unions were found to be non-genuine trade unions, often established for the gain of individuals.”

Over 100 employers’ organisations applied for registration in the same period, and 38 were denied. The reasons for refusal were similar to those given to new trade unions. It was found that some applicants were trying to register for their own personal interests and not for employer organisations.


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