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Leaving Union

Discussion in 'Retirement' started by emeralds, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. emeralds

    emeralds New commenter

    Hi All,
    I received an enhanced ill health retirement and left teaching on 31st December. Retirement hasn't started as I had hoped as I haven't been well. I have been putting my affairs in order. I emailed to cancel my gym membership; they were very nice about it and stopped my membership immediately without me having to pay for three more months as per the contract. However, I have heard nothing from the NAHT although I sent a similar email to them. Do you think I should give them a chance to reply to me or just cancel my direct debit to them? Or do you think I should wait a bit in case I need the Union. Can't think why I would need them though.
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    There was a similar thread on this not long ago. Can't find it at the moment. Some thought no need to keep membership going, cancel date of retirement. Others thought that because something could happen after you've retired - an allegation made about something you did before retirement - it was worth keeping it going for a year just in case.

    I believe there are cheaper subscription rates for retired members in most unions.
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  3. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I didn't want to be tempted to go back to do any supply so I cancelled straight away. None of my little Y3 darlings were going to accuse me of anything. if anything had arisen Id have paid for a solicitor. Apparently some house insurance includes legal assistance but as I'm the right side of a shared bottle of red I might be wrong about that.
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  4. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I cancelled the DD at the end of summer. Parents and pupils were never shy about complaining at my old school,so if there were any issues,I would have known about it before I left. Had no wish of doing any supply either.
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  5. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    Some unions do a "life membership" which can be useful to consider if you are/were a HT
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  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    I’m still a retired member - out of loyalty and support for those still (and increasingly) in need of union support.

    c. £10 a year is a small token.
  7. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    I took life membership in case something was raised in the future. As a head,I felt it particularly important. I also keep part time cover as I’m still working in schools.

    Lizzie also makes a good point about support for others in the union.
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  8. emeralds

    emeralds New commenter

    Thanks for all your helpful replies. I thought with the NAHT you had to continue to pay half. £10 a year sounds great.
  9. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    c. £10 was with NEU ( it was less but I think it increased when the 2 unions combined) - Im not actually sure what ‘cover’ gives me though)
  10. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    The NAHT changed their life membership payment a couple of years ago. It’s more than £10. I’ve just checked: one years full membership costs then £36 a year to gain Life Membership.
  11. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    I think NEU is now £30

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