trade unionism in pakistan is mostly confined to the industrisl labour and as such its growth in the country is associated with the development of the industrial sector. in 1958, the number of trade unions increased to 635with a membership of about four lacs. in 1968 the number of trade unions increased to 1098,the trade union ordinance 1968,served as a stimulant for the organization of trade unions in the country. most of the trade unions are functioning in the bigger cities and towns such as lahore karachi faisalabad etc as they constitute the main industrial centres of the country. progress of tradr unionism in pakistan is very slow3 and the unions are not organized on sound basis there is still a large number or workers in every industrial undertaking who care not the numbers of the unions and show no interest inmits working . The situation is because of external and internal causes and accordingly the problems of trade unionisnm in pakistan may be classified as external and internal problems.