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There is a serious confusion on the union density and trade union membership statistics in Turkey. The information available on the membership of workers’ and public employees’ organizations is fragmentary and generally contradictory. There are very different data relating to union density, union membership and total employees which have the right to organise according to internationally recognized ILO conventions. Turkish union density figures are not comparable across countries and they have not been acknowledged by ILO. The lack of similar international statistical guidelines on trade union membership leads to serious problems. This paper examines the official trade union membership statistics in Turkey and discusses whether they are reliable or not in the light of international comparisons. Focusing on Trade Union Act (2821), Collective Bargaining, Strike and Lockout Act (2822) and Public Employees’ Trade Union Act (4688) and taking into account the ILO criteria and norms, the paper explores the main problem areas derives from several shortages in these acts. Finally an alternative calculation method of trade union density and data collection method is submitted.