TRADE UNIONS ACT 1959

PART I
PRELIMINARY

Section

1. Short title
2. Interpretation

PART II
APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR GENERAL AND OTHER OFFICERS


3. Appointment of Director General
4. Appointment of Deputy Director General and other officers
4A. Powers of Director General
5. All officers to be public servants
6. Protection of public servants

PART III
REGISTRATION


7. Register of trade unions
8. Necessity for registration
9. Date of establishment of trade union
10. Application for registration
11. Temporary provisions relating to collection of funds
12. Registration
13. Certificate of registration
14. Power of Director General to call for further particulars
15. Cancellation of registration
16. Prohibition on activities during period of notice of intended cancellation or determination of appeal
17. Suspension of a branch of a trade union
18. Power of the Minister to suspend a trade union
19. Consequences of failure to register or of cancellation of registration

PART IV
RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF TRADE UNIONS

20. Disabilities of unregistered union
21. Immunity from civil suit in certain cases
22. Liability in tort
23. Liability in contract
24. Objects in restraint of trade not unlawful in case of registered trade union
25. Proceedings by and against trade unions
25A. Strikes and lock-outs

PART V
CONSTITUTION


26. Membership of minors
27. Membership of public officers and employees of statutory authorities
28. Officers
29. Employees of a trade union
30. Power of Minister in relation to sections 28 and 29
31. Change of name
32. Amalgamation
33. Transfer of engagements
34. Notice of change of name or amalgamation
35. (Deleted)
36. Effect of change of name or amalgamation
37. Registered office
38. Rules
39. (Deleted)
40. Secret ballot
41. Notification of changes of officers and employees
42. Notification of dissolution
43. Trustees

PART VI
DISPUTES


44. Decision of disputes
45. Powers of the Court and Director General in relation to disputes
46. Interpretation of “dispute” for the purpose of this Part

PART VII
PROPERTY


47. All property vested in trustees
48. Devolution of property
49. Investment of funds

PART VIII
FUNDS AND ACCOUNTS


50. Application of funds
51. Prohibition of payment of fines or penalties
52. Prohibition of use of funds for political objects
53. Injunction to restrain misuse of funds
54. Preservation of funds of registered trade union
55. Duty to render accounts
56. Annual returns to be prepared as Director General may direct
57. Keeping and inspection of accounts and records

PART IX
REGULATIONS


58. Regulations

PART X
OFFENCES AND PENALTIES


59. Acts done prior to registration
60. Misuse of money or property of a registered trade union
61. Supplying false information regarding trade unions
62. Failure to submit returns
63. General penalty
64. Prosecution and power to enter premises
65. Saving of offences under other written law

PART XI
MISCELLANEOUS


66. Act not to affect certain agreements or authorize action outside rules 67. Legislation relating to societies and companies not applicable to trade unions
68. Service of legal process
69. Notification in the Gazette
70. Inspection, production and evidence of documents of the Director General
71. Power of Director General to summon witnesses
71A. Appeal to Minister

PART XII
FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS


72. Formation of federation of trade unions
73. Registration of federation of trade unions
74. Affiliation with registered federation of trade unions
75. Provisions and penalties applicable to federation of trade unions
76. Decisions by secret ballot

PART XIIA
CONSULTATIVE BODIES

76A. Restriction on the formation of or affiliation with consultative or similar bodies.
76B. Application for permission to form or affiliate with consultative bodies
76C. Power of Director General to withdraw permission or declare affiliation invalid
76D. Duty to inform the Director General of appointment to an office or employment in consultative bodies
76E. Application of Societies Act 1966 to consultative body
76F. Interpretation of consultative or similar body

PART XIII
TRANSITORY PROVISIONS AND REPEAL


77. Transitory provisions relating to existing trade unions
78. Transitory provisions relating to existing federations
79. Repeal