THE DESTINATION OF AGENCY FEES AND HOW TO REJECT AGENCY FEE FROM YOUR PAY SLIP
Agency fee is money that an employee of a company / government department pays if the institution’s employees are represented by a union and the employee opts not to join that union. Agency fee is deducted from such employees monthly. For agency fee to be deducted from an employee, the employer must have an agency plant. The Teachers Service Commission, TSC for instance has an agency plant and therefore teachers have a choice not to join a union.
Employees that have joined the union pay union dues monthly. Union dues are very different from agency fees since only registered members of union pay union dues and are liable to benefit from the union. Both union dues and agency fees are paid through a cheque off system.
Teachers are represented by either of the two trade unions, KNUT and KUPPET. Members of KNUT remit 2 % of their basic salaries monthly to the union as their counterparts in KUPPET remit 1.5 %. Union dues are meant to support union welfares like payment of salaries, payment of rents, travelling costs, payment of legal levies, running of union projects, among others.
Non union members pay agency fees since they are regarded as beneficiaries of a collective bargaining agreement that they are not part of. The agency fee is intended to meet the costs of collective bargaining which non union members benefit from even if they don’t join the unions.
KUPPET enjoys 1.5 % of basic salary as agency fees from non members while KNUT enjoys 2 %. When TSC deducts the agency fees from, non members, it takes a small percentage and submits the rest to the unions.
Why pay agency fees to KNUT and KUPPET when there is an option not to? Agency fees can be rejected from pay slips through a number of ways.
One of the most effective ways of doing this is to join a union. When one joins a union, agency fees are stopped automatically by TSC and replaced with union dues. There is no need of feeding KNUT / KUPPET with your agency fee yet you are a non member. At least by being a member, you can enjoy the services of their lawyers when you are in trouble, services that non members do not enjoy. Membership registration forms can be obtained from the union offices country wide.