Administration information for employers

This page is where employers can find information and resources to help them interact with the union and their members at work effectively.

Current E tū fee rates

The E tū membership fees from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 are as follows:

Work hoursWeekly fee rateFortnightly fee rate
35 or more hours per week$8.09$16.18
20 to 34 hours per week$6.47$12.94
Under 20 hours per week$4.06$8.12

Active choice form

In 2019 the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment mandated Active Choice Forms through S62A of the Employment Relations Act 2000. This legislation requires all employers with a collective agreement to provide new employees with an active choice form within the first 10 days of starting their job to provide an opportunity to express interest in joining a union. Read the MBIE active choice guidance for employers with details about the process, compliance, and fines for non-compliance here.  Maximum fines for non-compliance are significant, at $10,000 for an individual or $20,000 for the company/organisation.

Click here to download the MBIE active choice form.

E tū has a specific email address to which we require forms be sent for processing: [email protected]. If you wish, you can cc an E tū organiser into your active choice form emails but please ensure to always send directly to [email protected]

The active choice form encourages employers to complete the section identifying the union, the employer name, and the worksite. This information is crucial for new employees to be fully informed, and for E tū to assign the employee to a worksite. Your assistance is sought to enable accurate data to be collected.

When employee contact details are clear and they indicate they want to join the union, we will send them a link to our application form: Etu Payroll Deduction Authority for Membership and Authority to Represent

Where employee contact details are not clear, we seek to honour their choice to join the union, by requesting contact information from you as their employer. Frequently, employees assume that by signing the active choice form, they are automatically members of E tū, and deductions will ensue.  This is not the case. We propose that you provide both the membership application form and the active choice form to the employee, to address this confusion. We also ask that you send both the active choice form and payroll deduction authorisation form to [email protected].

It is important that you continue to send through active choice forms, even if the employee joins immediately, so we can keep records of employers offering this choice.

Combinations of active choice responses and actions to take are below:

For Employers with exclusive collective agreements with E tū:

Employee selects yes to joining a unionSend to E tū – [email protected]
Employee selects no to joining a unionSend to E tū – [email protected]
Employee selects no to joining a union and specifies they do not want this information sharedKeep form for internal records, do not send any details about this to unions
Employee does not return the form within 30 daysSend name of new employee E tū [email protected] as proof you tried to facilitate the employee to make an active choice

For Employers with a collective agreement with multiple unions:

Employee selects yes to joining a union and does not specify which    unionSend to all relevant unions E tū = [email protected]
Employee selects yes to joining a union, specifies which unionSend to all relevant unions E tū = [email protected]
Employee selects yes to joining a union, specifies which union, selects that they only want their information shared with their chosen unionSend only to union specified by employee If E tū = [email protected]
Employee selects no to joining a unionSend to all relevant unions E tū = [email protected]
Employee selects no to joining a union and specifies they do not want this information sharedKeep form for internal records, do not send any details about this to unions

If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]  We are more than happy to have a call with your team to clarify this further.

Get in touch with us

Membership queries

Please contact [email protected] for:

  • Submitting new Membership application forms
  • Notifying E tū of resignations
  • General Membership queries
  • Requesting Membership lists
  • A copy of the E tū banking deposit slip
  • E tū bank details and instructions for deducting fees from payroll

Payment Schedules for Payroll Deduction

Please send all payment schedules to [email protected]

Note: This inbox is not monitored regularly and is exclusively for the receipt of regular payment schedules. For any other fee related queries that require a response or other membership issues please direct queries to [email protected]

Active Choice Form-related correspondence

Please send all Active Choice Form related correspondence to [email protected] for processing. If you wish, you can cc an E tū organiser into your active choice form emails but please ensure to always directly include [email protected]