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UK Teaching Union Membership

Hi, wondered if anyone can help.
I signed up to NASUWT and NEU when I was on a PGCE 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve never sent bank details to continue to pay for membership. Over this time I didn’t use the services of a union but they were still periodically sending me the mailers and requests to pay for full membership. I assumed by not paying, this was the equivalent to not ‘signing up’ for continued member status but now I’m unsure because I didn’t officially ‘terminate’ membership after my teacher training year. My question is… do I owe money for membership fees? I don’t want to contact them directly in case they ask me for money and can’t find any info in their T&C’s.

Any help much appreciated!
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You're on a mailing list, not a member.

I'd strongly advise joining one btw.
Original post by TeamTeach
Hi, wondered if anyone can help.
I signed up to NASUWT and NEU when I was on a PGCE 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve never sent bank details to continue to pay for membership. Over this time I didn’t use the services of a union but they were still periodically sending me the mailers and requests to pay for full membership. I assumed by not paying, this was the equivalent to not ‘signing up’ for continued member status but now I’m unsure because I didn’t officially ‘terminate’ membership after my teacher training year. My question is… do I owe money for membership fees? I don’t want to contact them directly in case they ask me for money and can’t find any info in their T&C’s.

Any help much appreciated!

Hi @TeamTeach,

During my training year, NASUWT gave me full membership, free of charge. I seem to remember being faced with a similar scenario after I qualified but they were very good with me. If memory serves, I didn't have to pay them for being in arrears or anything like that (if indeed you actually have a membership with them). In addition, I had a period of time where I was not teaching but still paying for my membership, and they were very kind to refund me in full.

As you have already been advised, I would encourage you to get a full membership with a union, and please do not allow the worry of potential arrears stop you. You never know when you might need them!

Best wishes,
Tom
Original post by TeamTeach
Hi, wondered if anyone can help.
I signed up to NASUWT and NEU when I was on a PGCE 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve never sent bank details to continue to pay for membership. Over this time I didn’t use the services of a union but they were still periodically sending me the mailers and requests to pay for full membership. I assumed by not paying, this was the equivalent to not ‘signing up’ for continued member status but now I’m unsure because I didn’t officially ‘terminate’ membership after my teacher training year. My question is… do I owe money for membership fees? I don’t want to contact them directly in case they ask me for money and can’t find any info in their T&C’s.

Any help much appreciated!

I haven't provided my payment details. I had the membership free for 1 year for my training year but terminated I recently because I wasn't teaching for a while. Am I still required to pay because I just signed up? Im starting a job in September and Im thinking of joining a union.
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