Postal Apprentices – CWU Membership/Recruitment (Subscription Rates)
Colleagues will be aware that the initial tranche of Postal Apprentices have commenced employment and are now able to join/be recruited to the CWU. A number of enquires have been received in the DGS(P) Department relating to the subscription rates that will be applied to both adult and potential members aged 16/17.
It is confirmed that the usual rates applicable to adult recruits 18 years of age and above will apply to Postal Apprentices.
I can also report that after consultation with the SDGS Department the following subscription rates will apply to potential members aged 16/17.
all 16 year olds who Opt IN to the Levy Plan 6 pay £1.57 per week (Those who Opt OUT of the Levy will pay £1.37 per week).
all 17 year olds who Opt IN to the Levy Plan 5 pay £1.93 per week (Those who Opt OUT of the Levy will pay £1.73 per week).
In respect of the rates for the 16/17-year-old age group, the Union are currently working with Royal Mail to update the PSP System to accommodate the new subscription rates for our younger colleagues and we expect the uplift to be completed over the next few weeks.
We are also in dialogue with the business about a possible interim solution to collect these subscription rates from pay however as an alternative option in the short-term the attached form may be used as a direct debit from the members’ bank account.
Branches and Representatives will be advised of further developments once they occur. Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)