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Unite is Britain's biggest union with two million members in every type of workplace. Unite was formed by a merger between two of Britain's' leading unions, the T&G and Amicus.
Unite offers representation and advice at work. Members may face work problems that need to be resolves, or have a grievance to bring against employers. UNITE workplace reps and/or full-time Regional Officers provide members with advice and support and have access to an array of resources. Reps are trained in workplace issues and have a great deal of individual expertise and experience.
There is a section for our sector here on the national Unite website. Anyone in the IT industry can join Unite regardless of grade, job, contract type or length of service.
formis available here, with the subs rates listed at the bottom of
this page - less than £12.05 a month,
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Subs rates (from September 2012)
The Main Membership Categories are:
(Only Core available) If you are not yet in full employment, but are in training then Unite's apprentices' membership will suit you best. If you are on an officially certified apprenticeship programme, the apprentice rate allows you the benefits of Unite membership - at a reduced rate while you train. For the 12 months, you pay only 20 per cent of core full time rate. The rate rises gradually with every year of your apprenticeship. Only at the end of the 60 months of your officially certified apprenticeship programme, or the date of leaving your officially certified apprenticeship programme will you be required to pay 100 per cent of the core full time rate.
Special discounted rate categories £0.50 per week or £2.17 per month
There are also categories for those who qualify for the discounted membership rate. These are:
People working at Fujitsu generally pay monthly by Direct Debit.
Every member chooses whether to be "Contracted In" or "Contracted Out". "In" means you pay into the union's "political fund" (allowing Unite to use the money to lobby parliament, etc. when campaigning for peoples rights), and "Out" means you don't. Being contracted in only costs a few pence, and we encourage people to contribute - after all, employers use every means to lobby for their interests!
The subs rates above are the Contracted In rate - members who opt out of paying into the political fund will be excused the small amount that is the contribution.
If you wish to opt-out of the political levy, then a form (pdf format) is available here.
The Political Fund is 14p weekly and 61p monthly.
Union subs represent extraordinarily good value - the free legal representation alone recovers tens of millions of pounds a year for members - almost as much as the union's entire subs income.
Many members pay by Direct Debit or through payroll ("checkoff") and shouldn't need to take any action. Head office should directly contact anyone who needs to take action to increase their payments.
If you are leaving Fujitsu and want to know what you can do about your membership, see here for information.