Fee Types and Structure
RAFFWU Membership Fees are set by members at each Annual General Meeting of the Union and are among the lowest membership fees of any union in Australia. We recognise the low wages and insecure employment that many of our members work in.
Unlike the SDA, we have dedicated membership categories for workers under 18, who earn as little as 40% of a full hourly wage in fast food and 45% of a full hourly wage in retail.
We also have a dedicated casual membership fee, in recognition of the fact that casual retail and fast food workers often earn low and precarious incomes, and have fewer workplace rights that the Union can enforce.
The contracted rate membership fee is for the hours you are actually contracted to work, not including the additional or flex hours you might work extra in any given week.
Our membership fees are inclusive of GST. As part of the online membership form you will select which category applies to you – except payroll deduction forms which will be automatically applied.
Like any union or professional association, membership fees paid while you are working in the retail and fast food sectors are tax deductible.
Most RAFFWU members pay fees monthly. Our monthly Membership Fee equals a payment of 4 and 1/3 weeks’ of weekly fees – this is because there are more than 4 weeks in a month. (There are 52 weeks in a year, not 48!)
Some of our members pay fees annually. Our heavily discounted under 18 membership equates to $2 per week when paid annually. Other fee categories have a 5% discount when paid annually.
Payroll Deduction members (Coles, Bunnings & some small employers) pay fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on their situation.
We don’t want to lose any member from the union because you cannot afford membership fees. If you are suffering financial hardship, let us know and we can apply a fee waiver and check in with you every 3 months. Members can contact us about a fee waiver by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee Rates and Purposes
Until September 30 2023, consultation is open to members on a potential fee increase in 2024 to meet the growing costs of running our Union. We welcome feedback from RAFFWU members on this issue. The consultation document, which includes contact details, can be found here.
From the launch of the Union in 2016, until mid-2021, our fees did not increase.
In November 2020 the Annual General Meeting of the Union determined to increase fees by 10% on 1 July 2021.
This entire increase is dedicated to the Union’s Defence & Strategic Litigation Fund, which is intended to provide welfare support for workers engaged in serious industrial action, as well as fund specific strategic litigation of sector significance for the Union.
RAFFWU does not donate to any political party, nor is RAFFWU affiliated to any political party.
Your membership fees are entirely applied to the important industrial advocacy, representation, bargaining and campaigning of the Union. The use of resources such as member fee income must comply with our Rules, and strict legislation applies to how RAFFWU uses its resources.
RAFFWU is a not-for-profit union.
Our accounts are fully audited by qualified auditors.
For more information, see our Governance & Finance page.