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Terms and Conditions for Unichef Members Only

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Unichef Membership Terms

Company Information.

Unichef trades as Unichef, The National Chefs Union CIC and by joining you become a stakeholder in that Limited Company.

Unichef is a Community Interest Company, a Social Enterprise, and is unlike any other traditional Union. It is governed by a strict Constitution (Articles of Association) and is monitored yearly by the government Ombudsman appointed to oversee the correct running of Community Interest Companies.

Your membership entitles you to the protection and advice of any normal Union, but we cannot advise members to take Strike action in a dispute nor negotiate a Collective Bargaining Arrangement

Unichef is not a signatory to the Trade Unions Act and is an independent and non-political Community Union, limited by the Guarantee of its members.

The Executive and Board
The Executive Director is responsible to the Board for the day to day running of the Union, its policies, aims and ambitions, within the realms of its Constitution (Articles). The Board of Directors work with and advise the Executive on the members' behalf to ensure the stability and financial propriety of the Company.

Your Legal Guarantee
Your first £1 is your Guarantee to creditors and will be held in trust for you and returned to you should you decide to leave the Union. Members are not liable for any further debts of the Company. All further subscriptions are held within the company and are used for the benefit of its members and to further the published aims and campaigns of the Union.

Members have the right to access all Financial Accounts through application and any non-personal information in the normal dealing of the company and all members will receive or have access to annual approved accounts. All members rights are protected and supervised by appointed Directors.

All members are expected to abide by the Articles of Association and the Five Core Principals that founded Unichef (see below). Each member receives the Articles, Principals and Certification on completion of their 3-month probation period.

The 5 Core Principals of Unichef

1. To promote the fundamental belief that every person deserves the right to go to their job, to do a fair days work for a fair days pay, and that no one deserves to be treated unfairly, abused, shouted at or harassed or ill-treated in any way, no matter their age, gender, sexuality, creed, physical or mental ability. Unichef expects all members to adhere to our policy of ZERO tolerance of abuse in all kitchens.

2. To support chefs in their daily work routine and promote the education of Employers and Employees in the understanding and betterment of a stress-free environment for the workforce, through empowerment, training, fair pay and safer working conditions.

3. To promote the Unity and brotherhood of all chefs in the UK, regardless of position and experience and the promotion of a safe modern supportive system of work.

4. To remain independent, and politically free from interference and to give Chef's in the UK, a voice and a platform to air their views within a safe, tolerant and ethical organisation.

5. To encourage the development of new Chef's and to seek better training, understanding and education for all sectors of the Catering Industry

Members cannot under any circumstances involve the Union in any political Associations or seek to politically influence the Union or its members. By applying and subscribing to the Union, you accept the terms, conditions and the Constitution of Unichef CIC

Unichef has a ZERO tolerance to all forms of abuse in all kitchens and is the central pillar of the organisation, please do not join this Union if you do not share its values.

Membership Fees and Benefits

Subscription Fees 
Subscriptions are payable by recurring payment from your account.
Monthly £5.50
Quarterly £ 15.00
Annual £50.00

A probation period of 3 monthly payments applies to all members before any use of its official services.

Membership will be reverted to site member status after none payment of due subscriptions or cancelled upon application or direction from the Executive. No Member shall expect full services whilst out of their subscription.

Termination of membership is the discretion of the Executive or by cancelling your subscription within the system provided.

The Social Fund
Many Trade Unions have a Political Levy placed on the members which often funds the political causes that their Union may be associated with.

As Unichef is 100% non-political a similar levy is applied to our unique Social Fund. 

£1 of the monthly fee or £4 of the quarterly fee and £12 of the Annual fee is distributed into this fund.

The Social Fund is solely used for the benefit of Unichef members in need and any associated Charity’s and Associations and is administered by the Board. 

Unichef Members receive the support and assurance of an official body acting on their behalf. Direct and specialised access to the Unichef support team, and its directors. 

  • Access to qualified advice and support
  • Access to the Support Team, its Directors and Executive
  • Legal and Accountancy advice and support
  • Access to the social fund
  • Discounts and privileges from sponsors
  • Full access into specialised areas of the Unichef website
  • Ongoing promotions and discounts
  • Voting rights on major issues and decisions
  • Support.

Unichef members can gain active support on many issues including

  • Contracts and Pay
  • Discrimination
  • Working Conditions
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Dispute Mediation
  • Self-Employment and Tax advice

Leaving Unichef.
Members may leave the Union at any time by cancelling their subscription or by contacting us using the contact form provided (this is located at the bottom of every page on the site) upon which we will cancel their subscription and return their £1 Guarantee.

All disputes in the first instance can be raised by contacting us using the contact form located at the bottom of every page on the site.

Full details of dispute resolution and grievances, including the direct contact of the Board of Directors will be issued upon application.

Unichef members have access to the Unions Mediation Service which aims to resolve issues or disputes between Employer and Employee. The guidelines for Mediation are outlined to the Member and Employer prior to acceptance.

Board Contact
All Members of Unichef have the right to contact the Board of Directors and Executive on issues attaining to their membership of the Union. Details will be issued upon application

Voting Rights
All Members have equal voting rights on issues that are put before the membership in accordance with the Unions published Articles.

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