chapter  2
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TRADE UNION GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

THE STRUCTURE OF TRADE UNIONS

The internal structure of a trade union, the way it is governed and the distribution of power within it is determined by the provisions of the union rule book which acts as the union’s constitution. The rule book defines the place of the branches, districts, regions or councils, conferences and various ad hoc union committees in the management of the union. Subject to statutory provisions to the contrary, the rule book also defines the composition of each governing body, its powers, eligibility for membership, and the method of election or appointment to it.