Registering a Trade Union

Trade unions are associations of employees in a particular trade, industry, or company, created for the purpose of securing improvements in pay, benefits, working conditions, or social and political status through collective bargaining. It is necessary to register all trade unions in order for them to be legally compliant and recognised. Registration also gives trade unions and their members benefits such as protection from legal prosecution, as outlined in the Trade Union Act. Trade union registration is in the best interest of both the trade unions and their members.

How do I register a trade union?

To register a trade union, you must:

  • Complete, in duplicate, a Trade Union Application form ('A'), available at the Trade Unions Unit of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development at the address below, and have it signed by seven members of the trade union.
  • Submit the completed and signed forms to the Trade Unions Unit along with two copies of the Rules of the Union, with each of the seven members signing the last page of each copy (this must be marked "A") and a list of the names, positions held within the union, addresses, and telephone numbers of the seven signatories (marked "B").
  • Once these steps have been completed, the Trade Unions Unit will issue you a deposit voucher. This voucher must be taken to any District Revenue Office, where a fee of TT$5.00 must be paid and a receipt would be issued. Please follow the link below for District Revenue Office locations.

After the fee is paid, you must bring the receipt to the Trade Unions Unit, where the official documents of registration will be issued.
Trade Unions Unit
Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development
Level 4,
Duke Place, 50-54 Duke Street,
Port of Spain
Telephone: 299-0300

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Please see the link below for the MOLSMED website information:

Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development (MOLSED) website

District Revenue Office locations

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Where can I find more Information?

For more information please visit the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development website at the link below.  You may also contact the Trade Unions Unit at the address above.


Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development Website

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