NTEU is organised in two main structural groups, namely NATIONAL LEVEL structures and BRANCH LEVEL structures. These are further broken down as follows:
AT NATIONAL LEVEL, THE FOLLOWING STRUCTURES ARE IN OPERATION. CONTROL OF THE UNION IS EXERCISED THROUGH THE NATIONAL LEVEL STRUCTURES IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE:
1. National Congress
The National Congress is the ultimate decision-making body of the union. It meets once every two years and has the power to consider all matters submitted to it. Some of its functions are:
2. National Executive Committee (NEC)
The National Office Bearers (as elected by the National Congress) and the National Administrative Staff (NAO) shall together comprise the NEC. The NEC meets at least three times a year.
The NEC is empowered to:
3. Council of Chairpersons (CoC)
The CoC is a collective consultative body comprising of all the elected chairpersons from the various branches of the Union. The CoC is required to meet at least twice per year. It reports to the NEC and has the following powers and functions:
AT BRANCH LEVEL THE FOLLOWING STRUCTURES ARE IN OPERATION. CONTROL AT BRANCH LEVEL IS EXERCISED THROUGH THE STRUCTURES IN ORDER OF PRECEDENCE:
1. Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The AGM is the highest authority at branch level. It has to meet once a year and has the powers to consider all branch-level matters submitted to it.
Some of the powers and functions of the AGM are:
2. Branch Executive Committees (BEC)
The BEC is elected by the branch AGM and takes up office immediately after being elected. BECs meet at least once a month and have the powers to:
3. Trade Union Representative Council (TURC)
Where a branch membership is more than 300 a committee of Trade Union Representatives (TURC) will be established. Where a TURC has been established, its functions and constituency demarcation shall be directed by the BEC. Elections of TURC members takes place one month after the AGM. The TURC shall meet every second month. The TURC acts as an advisory body to the BEC and make any recommendations it deems fit on behalf of its constituencies to the BEC.