As part of your membership application you will agree to comply with the Rules of the union and any alterations made in accordance with the Rules. The full set of rules can be found online at http://www.raffwu.org.au/governance_fina, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to us at RAFFWU, PO Box 334, Clifton Hill VIC 3068.
Rule 9 explains the process to apply to become a member of the Union. Rule 12 explains the financial obligations of membership. Currently the membership fees of the Union are set for four categories of member as outlined on our website at www.raffwu.org.au/membership. To resign your membership, write to us at email@example.com or Reply Paid 91331 Clifton Hill VIC 3068 (no postage stamp required). Rule 17 explains the circumstances and manner in which a member may resign from the Union. Rules 9, 12 and 17 are included below.
9 Application for membership
(1) To apply to become a member of the Association, a person must submit a written application to the Association stating that the person—
(a) wishes to become a member of the Association; and
(b) supports the purposes of the Association; and
(c) agrees to comply with these Rules.
(2) The application—
(a) must be signed by the applicant; and
(b) accompanied by the membership fee or authority for payment of the membership fee.
(3) Applicants for membership must be informed, in writing, of:
(a) the financial obligations of membership; and
(b) the circumstances, and the manner, in which a member may resign from the association.
(4) Applications for membership must be in the form determined by the Association, if any, including any electronic form as the Association may determine from time to time.
Rule 12 (Membership fee)
1. At each annual general meeting, the Association must determine—
- the categories of membership of the Association;
- the amount of the membership fee (if any) for the following financial year for each category of membership of the Association;
the date for payment of the membership fee, including whether the membership fee is payable:
- in one lump sum amount; and/or
- by periodic instalments, whether by electronic transaction or otherwise.
- The Association may determine that different membership fees are payable by different categories of members.
(4) The Association may determine that any new member who joins after the start of a financial year must, for that financial year, pay a fee equal to—
- the full membership fee; or
- a pro rata membership fee based on the remaining part of the financial year; or
- a fixed amount determined from time to time by the Association.
(5) The rights of a member (including the right to vote) who:
- has not paid the membership fee by the due date; or
- has failed to make a periodic payment of the membership fee where the member has entered in to such an arrangement with the Association
are suspended until the subscription is paid.
(6) A member who is required to pay a membership fee may apply to the Association to be relieved of the obligation to pay the fee for a specified period of time where:
- the member is unemployed and actively seeking work in the retail or fast food industry; or
- the member is suffering, in the opinion of the Association, personal hardship; or
- the Association is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances warranting relief from payment of the membership fee.
Rule 17 (Resigning as a member)
(1) A member may resign by written notice addressed and delivered to the Secretary.
(2) A notice of resignation from membership takes effect:
where the member ceases to be eligible to become a member of the Association:
- on the day on which the notice is received by the Association; or
- on the day specified in the notice, which is a day not earlier than the day when the member ceases to be eligible to become a member;
whichever is later; or
in any other case:
- at the end of 2 weeks after the notice is received by the Association; or
- on the day specified in the notice;
whichever is later.
(3) A member is taken to have resigned if—
- the member's membership fee is 6 or more months in arrears; or
where no membership fee is payable—
- the Secretary has made a written request to the member to confirm that he or she wishes to remain a member; and
- the member has not, within 3 months after receiving that request, confirmed in writing that he or she wishes to remain a member.
(4) Any fees payable but not paid by a former member of the Association, in relation to a period before the member's resignation from the Association took effect, may be sued for and recovered in the name of the Association, in a court of competent jurisdiction, as a debt due to the Association.
(5) A notice delivered to the person mentioned in subrule (1) is taken to have been received by the Association when it was delivered.
(6) A notice of resignation that has been received by the Association is not invalid because it was not addressed and delivered in accordance with subrule (1).
(7) A resignation from membership of the Association is valid even if it is not effected in accordance with this section if the member is informed in writing by or on behalf of the Association that the resignation has been accepted.
(8) Subject to subrule 17(3) above, cessation of payment of the membership fee does not, of itself, constitute resignation from the Association.