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joining a union
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union registration & administration

union matters


Here we bring together some relevant information about unions in New Zealand, including:

  • how to establish and administer unions
  • the union membership and union rights provisions of the Employment Relations Act
  • help with finding the right union to join for your occupation or industry
  • a list of currently registered unions.

Who needs this information?

  • Anyone who wants to form a union
  • Anyone who wants to join a union
  • Anyone who wants to know about union membership rights
  • Anyone who wants to know about union access rights and other union administrative matters
  • Anyone who wants a sample set of union rules
  • Anyone who wants to know about what unions have been registered or what unions have applied for registration

Further information & guidance

We welcome the opportunity to help you further. If you can’t find an answer to your question, or you want further clarification, more detailed information or guidance on any matter covered here, try a more detailed search or ask us a question.

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