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MLSA Membership Types - What It Costs

 

Details of all MLSA membership types and the cost are summarised in the table below. Please contact mlsa2@siptu.ie if you have a query.

 

Click here to download an MLSA application form.

 

Full Member

 

0.7% of basic salary excluding allowances

  • Member status CURRENT
  • Payment by DAS or annual electronic fund transfer / cheque
  • Automatic pro-rata deductions for reduced hours if member pays by deduction at source (DAS)
  • Monthly standing order payment can be arranged if employer does not support DAS.
  • Full membership rights:
    • Individual representation
    • Collective representation
    • Voting rights
    • Correspondence rights (website access, newsletters and member emails)
    • Access to MLSA Advantages (Cornmarket products)

Note: It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that subscriptions commence and continue, otherwise membership can be deemed to lapse after 3 months non-payment.

Note: Payment by DAS is an arrangement with the employer’s payroll department and ceases if a member moves to a different payroll.

Student member

 

FREE

 

  • Member Status STUDENT
  • Available for fulltime undergraduate students for the period of their course and clinical placement.
  • Restricted Membership Rights:
    • Collective representation on issues affecting students
    • Correspondence rights (website access, newsletters and member emails)
    • No individual representation because students are not employees
    • Access to MLSA Advantages but salary protection not applicable as students do not have a salary.
    • No voting rights

Note: Student membership lapses once the member has completed or left the undergraduate course. Individuals must then notify the MLSA to arrange for payment of subscriptions if they wish to become full members.

Unpaid Maternity Leave

 

Free for duration of unpaid leave

 

  • Member status MATERNITY LEAVE
  • For members who notify the MLSA of upcoming unpaid maternity leave.
  • Members must continue subscriptions during paid maternity leave to avail of free membership during unpaid maternity leave.
  • Members with salary protection should contact Cornmarket to discuss their policy subscription.
  • It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that subscriptions recommence on their return to work, otherwise membership can be deemed to lapse from 3 months after return.
  • Full membership rights continue during the unpaid maternity leave.

Note: Members who do not notify the MLSA that they will be on unpaid maternity leave risk their membership lapsing if their subscriptions cease for more than 3 months.

Unpaid Sick Leave or Compassionate Leave

 

Free for first year

 

  • Member status SICK LEAVE
  • For members who notify the MLSA of upcoming unpaid sick leave or compassionate leave.
  • Members must continue subscriptions during paid sick leave to avail of free membership during unpaid sick leave.
  • It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that subscriptions recommence on their return to work, otherwise membership can be deemed to lapse from 3 months after return.
  • After the first year of unpaid sick leave or if the member is moved to TRR, the member should contact head office to arrange extended sick leave membership  - see below.
  • Full membership rights continue during the first year of unpaid sick leave.

Note: Members who do not notify the MLSA that they will be on unpaid sick leave or compassionate leave risk their membership lapsing if their subscriptions cease for more than 3 months.

Extended unpaid sick leave

 

€25 / year.

 

  • Member status EXTENDED SICK LEAVE
  • For members who notify the MLSA of extended unpaid sick leave or TRR exceeding one year.
  • Members must continue subscriptions during paid sick leave to avail of grace membership during extended unpaid sick leave or TRR.
  • It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that subscriptions recommence on their return to work, otherwise membership can be deemed to lapse from 3 months after return.
  • Restricted membership rights:
    • Collective and individual representation
    • Correspondence rights (website access, newsletters and member emails).
    • Access to MLSA Advantages but salary protection will either be activated or not applicable
    • No voting rights

Note: Members who do not notify the MLSA that they will be on extended unpaid sick leave risk their membership lapsing if if their subscriptions cease for more than 3 months.

Correspondence membership

 

€25 / year.

 

  • Member status CORRESPONDENCE
  • Current members who notify the MLSA that they are taking a career break or changing profession but wish to remain in contact with the MLSA may apply for correspondence membership, which may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
  • Membership rights:
    • Correspondence rights only (website access, newsletters).
    • No voting rights or representation.
    • No access to MLSA Advantages salary protection

Note: It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that subscriptions commence and continue, otherwise membership can be deemed to lapse after 3 months non-payment.

Retired correspondence membership

 

FREE

 

  • Member status RETIRED CORRESPONDENCE
  • For retiring members who advise the MLSA of their retirement and who provide a valid personal email address.
  • Membership rights:
    • Correspondence rights only (website access, newsletters).
    • No voting rights or representation.
    • No access to MLSA Advantages salary protection
    • Retired members can choose to unsubscribe at any time.

Members who retire without notifying the MLSA or who do not provide a personal email address will be recorded as Retired in their Member Status and will no longer have website access or receive MLSA newsletters.

 

If you pay by deduction at source, your payroll department will deduct 0.7% of your basic salary and send it to the MLSA. The deduction will be itemised on your payslip. If you change employer, you will need to authorise your new employer to continue this deduction. You can do this by sending the MLSA a new signed mandate for the deduction, which can be found on the MLSA membership application form. We will amend your membership record and forward the mandate to your new employer so that your subscription continues.

If you pay by cheque or standing order, it is your responsibility to ensure that your subscription is paid in a timely manner and does not fall into arrears. The MLSA rulebook states that members in arrears for more than 3 months can be deemed to have ceased their membership.