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Unite membership and you

Unite offers different types of membership – and there’s one to suit your needs. So before you set up your Unite payment consider the demands of your working life and what benefits you want to access.

UNITE MAIN MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES ARE

Core membership
What benefits come with Unite membership?

Core membership means you’ll get:

  • legal assistance and advice from specialists
  • access to the 24-hour legal helpline
  • dispute or lock-out benefit of £30 a day from day one of the dispute (up to a maximum of £150 per calendar week)
  • victimisation benefit of up to 26 weeks of financial assistance
  • help with funeral costs of between £100 and £400 depending on length of membership


Core full time
£2.78 per week or £12.05 per month

  • members aged 18 and older, normally working 21 or more hours a week, and
    who aren’t in a formal apprenticeship programme

 

Core part time
£1.39 per week or £6.02 per month (10 – 20 hours per week)

  • members aged 18 and older, normally working over 10 hours but less than 21 hours per week, and who aren’t in a formal apprenticeship programme


Core and ancillary membership
What are Unite ancillary benefits?

In addition to your basic Unite membership, you can also opt to pay extra for ancillary benefits including:

  • incapacity – £12.80 a week for up to 10 weeks
  • maternity and adoption – £12.80 a week for up to 10 weeks
  • paternity – £12.80 a week for up to 2 weeks
  • fatal accident
  • £7,750 if accident at work
  • £5,500 if accident not at work
  • loss of limb or eye or permanent disability from accident at work of between £2,450 – £4,900 depending upon severity
  • convalescense – up to two weeks’ stay at Unite’s Eastbourne facility (once in every 24 month period) plus the cost of your return train fare


Core and ancillary full time
£2.93 per week or £12.70 per month

  • members, as above, who opt to pay a little extra enabling access to ancillary (additional) benefits, to support you at times of change in your life

 

Core and ancillary part time
£1.47 per week or £6.37 per month (10 – 20 hours per week)

  • members, as above, who opt to pay extra for the ancillary (additional) benefits

 

Apprentices
Year 1: £0.56 per week or £2.43 per month
Year 2: £1.11 per week or £4.81 per month
Year 3: £1.67 per week or £7.24 per month
Year 4: £2.22 per week or £9.62 per month

(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:

  • members under 18
  • members not working who are in full time
  • higher or further education
  • unemployed members of the community
  • members who are volunteers
  • members who normally work less than 10 hours per week
  • members who are unemployed, or who have been prevented from working on medical grounds, or are on maternity/ paternity leave
  • retired or permanently disabled members

 

Unite Legal and Affiliated Services

Unite members have access to a range of specially negotiated benefits and services. If you would like more information please
contact us.

Driver Care
£0.95 per week or £4.12 per month

Driver Care Top Up
£4.33 per month

Unite also offers a comprehensive package for professional drivers. Driver Care is a special programme for professional drivers and conductors offering compensation for permanent loss of licence and other benefits, including accident and assault cover.

Note: Contribution and Benefit levels are effective from September 1, 2012. Part time members receive 50 per cent of all monetary benefits. Benefits may be subject to qualifying period. When you join Unite, you are also authorising the Union to deduct an additional amount for your subscription to your GB5 local branch fund.