Employees have the right to join a labour union. In Suriname executives and higher function staff members do not engage in membership of Unions. An employer is obliged to negotiate the terms of a Collective Labour Agreement with a labour union when:
- the union is organized as a legal entity;
- the articles of association of such legal entity explicitly stipulate that the union is authorized to conclude a Collective Labour Agreement; and
- the representative union of the workers in the enterprise concerned, represents the employees to whom the Collective Labour Agreement will be applicable.
In case there is reasonable doubt whether a labour union represents the employees to whom the Collective Labour Agreement will be applicable, the Mediation Board (Bemiddelingsraad) will hold a referendum upon request of the employer or the labour union, to determine if a majority of the employees authorizes the labour union to negotiate and deal on their behalf.