Can we spend more than 50% of our union fund for our members?
We are the members of a registered trade under the trade union act, 1926. We have general funds of the union. Recently we have decided to celebrate the foundation day of our union in December, 2014 where we want to spend more than 50% of our fund in the form of gifts, community lunches etc to our members. Some of our union members have raised objections that this huge amount of money cannot be spent as it is violation of sec-15(j) of The Trade Union Act.
[ sec-15(j)- the payment, in furtherance of any of the objects on which the general funds of the trade union may be spent, of contributions to any cause intended to benefit workmen in general provided that the expenditure in respect of such contributions in any financial year shall not at any time during that year be in excess of one-fourth of the combined total of the gross income which has up to that time accrued to the general funds of the trade union during that year and of the balance at the credit of those funds at the commencement of that year;]
Sir, Kindly advice us whether spending of more than 50% of our fund in the form of gifts, community lunches etc is violation of sec-15(j) of The Trade Union Act.
Is there any way so that we can spend more than 50% of our fund in the form of gifts, community lunches etc?