Registering as a union
Under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA), any group of employees can set up and register as a union. To be a union, a group of employees must first become an incorporated society (under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (ISA)) and then register as a union under the ERA.
To achieve both these things, the union:
- must have at least 15 members (ISA)
- be independent of employers (ERA)
- have a set of union rules that comply with both the ISA and the ERA.
Before applying to incorporate as an incorporated society and register as a union, please ensure that you:
- Understand the requirements of the ISA and have read the Registrar's information on starting an incorporated society:
- Understand the union registration provisions in the ERA:
- Inform yourself about how to create a set of union rules.
IMPORTANT | If you are unsure of the requirements for incorporating as a society and registering as a union, we recommend you seek independent legal advice.