VAHPA membership dues will increase on 1 January 2016. This measure is being implemented in accordance with a decision made by the Branch Committee of Management in September.
The rate of increase is minimal and ranges from 1.85% to 2.37% depending on which of the 11 membership categories is applicable. This increase has been kept as low as possible and is still below CPI. Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply the same increase to each category without creating an enormously complicated fee structure. We are in the process of drafting scenario specific letters for members to provide further information. These letters will be sent out in the near future.
It is standard practice for unions to increase dues on an annual basis. This of course allows unions to deal with increases in expenditure and outgoings without reducing services or organisational capacity.
We are in the process of moving to a system that will see membership dues tied into wage increases in the public sector. That is, in the future, increases to your union dues will coincide with increases to the wages of the bulk of the membership. This structure works to ensure increases are predictable, transparent and as fair as possible.
The following table outlines the new standard rates:
I am happy to report that we continue to have good take up of the part-time and leave rates. These rates improve equity and have created opportunity for members to be represented during periods of difficulty; when returning from maternity leave for example.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the office on: 1300 322 917.