4. Termination of Membership

4. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

4.1       Any member may resign from the union after giving one month’s notice, or such other period as the National Executive Committee may decide on. Such resignation shall not absolve the member from the obligation to settle all amounts owed by him to the union.

4.1.1    Any office bearer who is a member of the union may resign from his position after giving notice, or such other period as the National Executive Committee may decide upon.

4.2       Should the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) be of the opinion that a member has conducted him/herself in a manner detrimental to the interest of the union and its members, the BEC may suspend any such member from the union membership and from any benefits arising there from, for such a period and on such conditions as the BEC may see fit. Provided that before any such disciplinary actions is invoked the BEC shall hold an enquiry into the member’s conduct, and the member shall be afforded an opportunity to present his case at such enquiry, and provided that the BEC shall lay any such matter before Regional Executive Committee (REC) for final decision.

4.3       Power to expel any member from the union shall rest with the National Executive Committee. Should the actions or conduct of any member be, in the opinion of his/her BEC, of such nature as warranting expulsion from the union, the BEC may make recommendations to the Regional Executive Committee. The Regional Executive Committee shall accept or reject the BEC’s recommendation after duly critical investigations and discussions of the case, provided that the member involved shall be present at the REC to present his/her case. If the matter is not settled at the REC, the REC may make recommendations to the NEC. The NEC shall accept or reject the REC’ s recommendations after duly critical investigation and discussion of the case, provided that the member involved shall be present at the NEC to present his case. In case of expulsion, NEC shall determine conditions which the expelled member shall have to comply with before he may be re-admitted as a member.

4.4       A member whose contract of employment in the mining and energy industries has been terminated will seize his membership status with the Union from the date of the ‘termination of his contract

4.5       If in the opinion of the BEC a member has conducted him/herself in a manner detrimental to the interest of the union and its members, the BEC shall refer the case to the REC which may decide to terminate membership of such a member.