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Section 19 – The Trade Unions Act, 1926

The Trade Unions Act, 1926


19. Enforceability of agreements.—


Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, an agreement between the members of a registered Trade Union shall not be void or voidable merely by reason of the fact that any of the objects of the agreement are in restraint of trade:


Provided that nothing in this section shall enable any Civil Court to entertain any legal proceeding instituted for the express purpose of enforcing or recovering damages for the breach of any agreement concerning the conditions on which any members of a Trade Union shall or shall not sell their goods, transact business, work, employ or be employed.





The recognition of a trade union is not regulated by any statutory provision. The trade union cannot enforce the right of recognition against the management by a writ petition. An agreement ought to have been entered into between the trade union and the management for granting recognition; Workmen of Kampli Co-op. Sugar Factory Ltd. v. Management of Kampli Co-op. Sugar Factory Ltd., (1995) 1 LLJ 727 (Karn).


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