Unison Lifetime Membership
If you are about to retire from the East of England Ambulance Trust, and are a current member of UNISON you are able to continue your union membership with this branch as a lifelong (retired) member. There is normally a one off payment of £15.00 for retired membership; however the branch committee has decided to fund this payment for any of our retiring members.
However, it should be noted that the lifetime membership option only applies if you maintain your “retired” status or, in other words, do not return to paid employment of any kind with this or any other employer. In the event of a return to paid work we would simply ask that you notify the branch without delay and, if you wish to maintain your union membership, we will send you a new application form to enable us to withdraw monthly subscriptions from your salary (calculated as appropriate to your new salary) in the same way as we did pre-retirement.
In addition to the lifetime membership, this branch also likes to award its retiring members a retirement gift up to the value of £50.00 regardless of if they wish to continue their membership or not. Due to tax regulations we are not able to give money or gift vouchers but once I have confirmed that you are a member, you are then able to purchase something for yourself and send me a copy of the receipt that I can get the treasurer to reimburse you.
If you were a member of COHSE prior to the merger into UNISON then there is a small retirement payment that I can also process for you on your retirement.
If you were a member of NUPE prior to the merger into UNISON and you continue as a retired member you will also retain a death benefit that I, or the branch secretary, can process for your estate.
(These entitlements are only available if you have not had a break in membership)
I send an electronic copy of the branch Newsletter, at no cost, to any retired members who wish to receive a copy. I send this as a ‘blind’ email so that none of the other recipients can see your email address, please let me know if you would like this option and I will add you to my email list. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy of the Newsletter I could post it to you as it is produced; however there is a subscription of £15.00 per year to cover costs. If you would like to take up this option please send me a cheque made out to ‘UNISON East of England Ambulance Branch’ and I will add you to my mailing list.
Please contact me for any further information.
Retired Members Secretary