If you are considering making a complaint against a trade union we recommend you first consider the guidance note on Making a complaint to the Certification Officer against a trade union by clicking on the appropriate link in the Documents section of this website. You can contact the office to discuss the matter if you wish. You might also want to see how previous cases have been dealt with by clicking on the Decisions section of the website.

The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland and her Office can not under any circumstances assist any party in making a complaint against his trade union. This is because the Certification officer has to adjudicate upon any complaints she accepts and therefore has to remain completely impartial.