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The Registrar of Trade Unions in Kenya is the government office in the attorney general’s office that registers and oversees the operations of trade unions in the country.
The State Department of Labour was established following the reorganization of Government in May, 2016. The State Department is one of the two State Departments under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. The State Department has existed in various forms since independence in 1963. It was under the then Ministry of East African Community, Labour and Social Service, prior to the reorganization of Government in 2016.
The State Department for Labour contributes to the country’s development through: promotion of harmonious industrial relations; safety and health at workplace; employment promotion; industrial training; productivity management; planning for human resource development and utilization; registration and regulation of trade unions.
Structure of the State Department
The State Department for Labour comprises of five (5) technical departments namely:
Department of Labour;
Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services;
Office of the Registrar of Trade Unions;
National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre of Kenya and
Department of National Human Resource Planning Development.
The State Department has one Autonomous Government Agency (AGA), the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Two Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs) namely: National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) and National Employment Authority (NEA). The gazetted entities under the State Department are: National Labour Board; and National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH).
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The Registrar of Trade Unions in Kenya is the government office that registers and oversees the operations of trade unions in the country. … Section 32 of Labour Relations Act, 2007, allows for an employee who is above 16 years to enjoy the rights of membership of a trade union.
REGISTRAR OF TRADE UNIONS
VISION – Organized and accountable trade unions
MISSION – To provide a healthy regulatory framework for trade union activities.
MANDATE – To ensure effective and efficient registration of trade unions in compliance with the constitution, the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and other related Labour laws.
- Registration of trade unions, employer’s organizations and federations and their branches.
- Registration of elected officials after the general elections and by-elections.
- Registration of trade unions constitutions or any amendments thereof and change of name(s).
- Inspection of trade unions books of accounts and records.
- Updating trade union membership records upon receipt and scrutiny of the Annual Returns.
- Preparing submissions and liaising with the Office of the Attorney General on cases brought against the Registrar or where the Registrar is a Respondent.
- General administration of the trade unions under the provisions of the relevant laws thereto.
- Registration of amalgamations of trade unions, employers’ organizations and federations.
- Directing all registered trade unions, employers’ organizations and federations to carry out elections after the mandatory five years in accordance with the Labour Relations Act,
- Determination of trade unions disputes arising from their operations in accordance with the law and their constitutions.
- Cancellation and/or suspension of trade unions which are dissolved or have ceased to exist or are operating in contravention of the law.
- Issuance of Extracts (registered officials) of trade unions, employers’ organization and federations upon request
||Requirement from the customer
|Filing of Annual Returns
||Audited accounts by 1st of April every year
||Kshs. 2,200 and a penalty of Kshs. 1,000 for every month defaulted
||1st April of every year
|Filing of Notice of Change – names or titles of officials/officers
||Duly filed Form ‘Q’ filed within 14 days from the date of change
||Within 7 days
|Filing of Notice of change of the physical and postal address
||Duly filed Form ‘E’
||Within 3 days
|Issuance of Extract of officials of a trade union
||With 3 days
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Ministry of Labour and Social Protection,
State Department for Labour,
Bishops Road, Social Security House
P.O. Box 40326 – 00100, Nairobi
Telephone: +254 (0) 2729801/804-819
Fax: +254 020 2726497