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AFAP membership fees waived

Today the AFAP Finance Committee convened a special meeting to discuss how the AFAP can assist members during this unprecedented period in aviation. The decision has been made to place a three-month moratorium on the payment of membership fees for the fourth quarter of 2020 (April-June) for all full members (those who currently pay 1% of base salary).

For those members who have already paid their annual membership fees upfront or who have paid the fourth quarter April-June fees, a moratorium will be placed on the payment of fees in the first quarter of the next financial year (July-September).

For those members on payroll deduction, we will write to your employer and ask that they do not deduct any membership fees for the April-June 2020 quarter.

If your employment status is unaffected by COVID-19 and you believe you should continue to contribute to your union by paying your fees, please contact us at membership@afap.org.au

 (however there is no obligation to do this).

We understand first-hand how acutely this pandemic is affecting the aviation industry. Our thoughts are with everyone at this difficult time. Your AFAP representatives and staff are doing everything possible to mitigate the impacts. Further updates, specific to each pilot council, will be provided as events unfold.

AFAP Melbourne and Brisbane Offices

In view of the recent federal and state government announcements, from Tuesday 24 March AFAP staff will be working remotely from home until further notice.

Arrangements have been put in place to ensure that full services continue to be provided to members. Please note that our main reception phone line has been diverted to a single staff member and can only accept one phone call at a time. As such, we have provided direct AFAP contact details for industrial/legal, safety & technical, welfare and administration staff.

Pilot Welfare

This is a particularly concerning time for many AFAP members and their families. Please keep in mind that the AFAP offers a Member Assistance Program (MAP), providing access to professional assistance for any personal or work-related problems. The MAP is an independent, short-term counselling and advisory service, free for AFAP members and their immediate families. Free call 1300 307 912 to speak to a qualified psychologist

For further information, contact Operations Manager Joanne Janes at welfare@afap.org.au or speak to an AFAP Welfare Representative.

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