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 2017)
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.
If your regular hours of work go up, or go down, you must:
To resign your membership you must advise the Union in writing or by email. This is an audit requirement. A phone call is not enough.
One month’s written notice of resignation is required under FIRST Union rules.
FIRST Union will not refund fees paid should you fail to advise the Union of changes in writing or by email at the time of resignation.
There is no expectation that a refund will be made and the sector secretary’s decision will be final.
Notification must be in writing. Please send your notice to our National Office:
Private Bag 92904
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org