Operation Switch

What is "Operation Switch"?

Operation Switch is the name of a campaign aimed at improving the way in which NZEI Te Riu Roa collects subscriptions from members.
Operation Switch is about reducing NZEI’s dependency on Payroll systems for the collection of subscriptions from members
NZEI Te Riu Roa wishes to make the most of the subscription income available, rather than having to continue to pay 2.5% of your subscription to payrolls as a collection commission.

What does "switching" involve?

All you need to do is complete the online form
  • Select - "Existing member wishing to change my payment method/details"
  • Fill in your details
  • choose how you want to pay your subscription.
That begins the process of having your NZEI subscription deducted from your bank account or your credit card rather than from your salary.
If you choose to pay by credit card or Internet banking you also have the option of paying quarterly, six monthly, or for the full year.

After I've completed the online form, is there anything else I need to do?
No. After  Completing the online form  we take care of everything from there. Once we have completed our work you will receive an email from us confirming the new payment arrangements.
Will I be charged a setting up fee by my bank to establish the direct debit or recurring credit card transaction?
No. All the set up is managed at our end and through the banking system.
What is Flo2Cash?
Flo2Cash Ltd. is the company we have chosen to process subscription payments through the banking system.  www.flo2cash.co.nz. The on-line form is actually on a secure web site hosted by Flo2Cash who pass your membership details on to NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Can I continue to pay my subscriptions fortnightly when I pay by direct debit or credit card?
Yes. There are multiple payment frequency options.

Can the amount of my direct debit or credit card payment be changed without my approval?
No. Subscription increases need to be approved by NZEI's Annual Meeting held in September each year.  If  there's a change to the subscription rate, then that change needs to be advised to you in writing no later than 10 days before the change is to take effect.

I’m a Support Staff member of NZEI - my subscription payments vary according to the amount I'm paid each fortnight, and there are some pays when I don’t receive anything at all.  How does direct debit or credit card payments of subscriptions work for me?

Here's a calculator for use by non-annualised support staff members to determine the regular subscription payments.
You enter your hours of work, your hourly rate, and the sum of any allowances. The calculator spreads your income across a 52 week year, and determines the subscription payable per fortnight. Use that amount on the online form.

I’m a reliever, and I want to pay my subscription by direct debit.  Some weeks I might work 1 day only. In other weeks I might work 2 or three days. How do I work out my subscription payment?
If you’re unsure, use your payslip closest to the end of March to find out your total earnings for the  financial year, divide it by 26 to get a fortnightly estimate.  If your circumstances are the same or similar, use that figure to determine the appropriate subscription amount. Alternatively, you may use the calculator mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Your continuing membership of NZEI Te Riu Roa is important.

What if I take a period of leave without pay?

Just let NZEI know when your leave is to commence and when it will cease.  We will suspend direct debits for the period of leave.  In cases of leave greater than nine months we are obliged to obtain a new direct debit/credit card payment authority from you to recommence direct debits.  Your membership will be retained during any period of LWOP of to 12 months duration.
Will my direct debit or recurring credit card payments automatically stop if I cease work in the education sector?
No. Unless kept informed by members NZEI Te Riu Roa generally has no way of knowing who is currently employed. It is important that members who cease employment in the education sector contact us as soon as possible to avoid overpayment.