Membership contributions policy

NSW POST & TELECOMMUNICATIONS BRANCH

COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION, CEPU

NSW/ACT BRANCH MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS POLICY

“BCOM approves for BCOM decision 11 of 18 April 2012 to be amended to the following new NSW Postal and Telecommunication Branch Union Subscription Policy to apply to NSW and the ACT effective from 1 October 2013 until otherwise determined.”

The amendments to this policy are in the ‘basic rate of contribution within both the Postal Services and Lines and General Industry Section that shall reflect the following contribution rates based on present rates of pay:

Postal Service Industry Section

Current Contribution Rate per annum             Proposed Contribution Rate per annum

                        $428                                                                $436

 

Lines and General Industry Section

Current Contribution Rate per annum             Proposed Contribution Rate per annum

                        $455                                                                $478

BCOM therefore resolves for the Branch Secretary to request Branch Divisional Conference Delegates to formally submit to the Divisional Secretary, the varied NSW Postal and Telecommunications Branch Union Subscriptions Policy for Divisional Conference approval consistent with the union subscription approval provided to other Branches of the Division  under Divisional Conference decision 13/01 .

 

“NSW Postal and Telecommunications Branch – Union Subscriptions Policy

            The membership categories and contributions for the NSW Postal and Telecommunications Branch members is set out below and shall be:

  • payable in advance either, quarterly, half yearly or yearly as the Branch may determine; or
  • weekly or fortnightly when the member has signed an authority for either the employer to deduct the dues from his/her salary or a financial institution to transfer funds via a Direct Deposit or other transfer of funds as provided for by the Branch from the member’s account to the Union and the authority remaining effective.

Postal Services Industry Section

(1)   The basic rate of contribution for members of the Postal Services Industry Section pursuant to Rule 46A (a)(i) shall be 0.25% of the adult rate of the Australia Post Mail Officer designation on the maximum increment.

Categories and contributions for members;

  • employed more than twenty‑five (25) hours per week shall be set at four times the basic contribution rate specified in (1) above;
  • employed from fifteen (15) hours to twenty‑five hours per week shall be set at twice the basic contribution rate specified in (1) above;
  • employed for less than fifteen (15) hours per week shall be set at the basic contribution rate specified in (1) above.

Lines and General Industry Section

(2)         The basic rate of contribution for members of the Lines and General Industry Section, pursuant to sub Rule 46A (a) (ii) shall be 0.275% of the adult rate of the Telstra Band 1 (Communications Technician) level of the Customer Field Workforce.

Categories and contributions for members;

  • employed more than twenty‑five (25) hours per week shall be set at four times the basic contribution rate specified in (2) above;
  • employed from fifteen (15) to twenty‑five (25) hours per week shall be set at twice the basic contribution rate specified in (2) above;
  • employed less than fifteen (15) hours per week shall be set at the basic contribution rate specified in (2) above.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this determination, the Branch Committee of Management is authorised to:

  • introduce a Branch levy in accordance with the Rules of the union for the purpose of meeting direct expenditure costs associated with member insurance benefits, purchasing benefits and wage campaigns.
  • Following verification upon application in accordance with the Rules of theUnion, waive for a predetermined period the payment of contributions by a member who may be on leave without pay.
  • provide for a ten per cent (10%) discount on contributions where financial members pay membership contributions twelve (12) months in advance as at 1 July in each year at the contribution rate prevailing at that time.
  • discount subscriptions by 50% for members who receive less than the adult minimum rate of pay or for the duration of employment under apprenticeship or traineeship levels.
  • provide for retired members to continue as associate members of the union at a administration subscription rate of $50 per annum that shall increase by $1 annually as from 1 July in each year.
  • Introduce solely for the purpose of promoting recruitment, a lesser rate of subscriptions in a new recruitment area for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months.

Membership Subscription Adjustments

The assessment of salaries for the purpose of determining subscriptions shall be undertaken at the commencement of each quarter and be based on salaries payable to members on the last day of the previous quarter.

Adjustments to subscriptions shall occur in accordance with the following;-

a)     in the case of members who have paid membership subscriptions quarterly, six monthly or annually in advance ‑ on and from the first day of the quarter following the expiration of the period in relation to which the payment is made in advance; or

b)     in respect of all other members ‑ on and from the 1st day of the quarter after the quarter in which the assessment was undertaken.

The amounts calculated above shall be adjusted to the nearest amount capable of equal weekly or fortnightly deductions.

In calculating the amounts of new subscriptions the amounts will be rounded up to the nearest five (5) cents.

The Branch Secretary shall advise all relevant employers of any variation to the rate of contributions by the end of the first month of the quarter on which the variation is assessed.

Membership Subscription Commencement Date of Effect

This NSW Postal and Telecommunication Branch Membership Subscription determination shall commence as of1 October 2013and remain in force until otherwise determined.

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