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Losing sleep over your job security? Want to change your workplace and community for the better? Or just looking for the full support of a union in uncertain times? Whatever your reason, it couldn’t be easier to join the Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest private sector union!

When you join E tū you gain strength on your worksite and the support of E tū members across New Zealand. Because you’re standing together with your workmates, you get a real say in your workplace.

As the biggest private sector union in New Zealand, E tū is a brilliant vehicle for standing up for our workplaces and communities. We also provide members with services, like workplace representation, legal advice, a freephone support centre, education on work rights and a political voice through our many campaigns.

Who can join E tū?

E tū mainly covers workers in the following industries:



Community Support

Engineering and Infrastructure and Extractions

Manufacturing and Food

Public and Commercial Services

How much does it cost?

These are the weekly fees for members, from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025:

Less than 20 hours per week: $4.82
20-34 hours per week: $7.70
35 hours or more per week: $9.63
Freelance journalist: $4.82

Note: If there are any changes to this table it will be indicated in either your welcome letter or in subsequent fee updates.

It’s E tū policy that our membership fees increase each year on 1 April in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the previous year (ending in December).

This E tū fee policy was voted on by members when E tū was first established and is part of the union’s policy.

How can I pay my membership fee?

If you are new or rejoining member there are three ways your membership fee can be paid:

  • By direct debit from your bank account
  • By credit card
  • By payroll deduction

Terms of Membership and Union rules

E tū’s Terms of Membership click here.

E tū’s rules click here

More about terms and conditions of on paying unions fees, click here.

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If you are not sure about your eligibility to join E tū, or you want more information about membership, call Union Support on 0800 1 UNION (0800 186 466), or keep reading.