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Membership Fees

Membership fees pay for the costs of having an organisation — such as contract negotiations, grievances, training for members, legal fees — so no one has to go it alone.

Funding the cost of our union as members also keeps us independant and unreliant on others.

A small increase is applied to our union fees each year in May  (*fees for finance sector members remain fixed until October 2015)

This annual automatic increase was decided by union delegates at our 2001 regional conferences.

The amount of the increase is based on the average percentage wage increases achieved in each sector of the Union.

For those workplaces that have voted to pay more than the minimum union fee the automatic increase does not apply.

Resignation or Changes to Work Hours

One month's written notice of resignation is required under FIRST Union rules.

  • If you resign your membership you need to notify the Union immediately in order to stop your fee payments.
  • If you pay by direct debit, we will cancel your payments
  • if you pay by automatic payment you must also contact your bank to stop the payments
  • If you pay by deduction from your wages you must also tell your employer to stop making deductions
  • If your hours of work change, you need to advise your payroll office and the Union immediately so your union fee rate can be adjusted.
  • The Union accepts no liability for fees paid should you fail to advise the Union of any changes.


Notification must be in writing. Please send your notice to our National Office:

Private Bag 92904
Auckland 1643

or email:


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