Postal Apprentices – CWU Membership/Recruitment & Subscription Rates
Branches will be aware from the contents of LTB 401/21 circulated on 20th September 2021 that the initial tranche of Postal Apprentices have started their employment and can now be recruited to/or join the CWU.
It was previously reported that the usual subscription rates that are applicable to adult recruits 18 years of age and above will apply to Postal Apprentices but that in respect of the rates for the 16/17-year-old age group, the Union are currently working with Royal Mail Group to update the PSP System to accommodate the new subscription rates for our younger colleagues. These discussions have also involved the Membership Department at CWU Headquarters.
It has now been confirmed that as an interim solution from Monday 27th September 2021 and whilst Royal Mail Group update the PSP system, an additional column will be added to the file that is supplied to the Royal Mail Group processing team in order to identify those who are 16 and 17 years old and set the membership rate as outlined below which was agreed in consultation with the SDGS Department:
- 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).
This will replace the need for a direct debit form to be completed and provides the method for ensuring that those aged 16 and 17 can join the CWU and pay their subscriptions through deduction at source.
In closing I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to both Matt Edwards and Laura Wright in the CWU Headquarters Membership Department for their help and assistance in resolving this matter.
Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)