Cost of Living Survival

The recordings of the sessions from our Cost of Living Survival live online event in October 2022 are available for you to view now

Watch the recorded sessions now

You can help your UNISON Cymru Wales to bring your colleagues together, watch the recordings and run your own local workshops aimed at campaigning and supporting one another through hard times.

We have collected all the resources you need to run a Cost of Living Survival event in your workplace here.

Caring for our Climate

UNISON Cymru Wales Learning team held a unique one day online event on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

This event is part of UNISON’s actions to respond to the challenge of the climate crisis, offering practical ways that we can act – individually and collectively – to care for our climate and our communities.

We had the following wonderful speakers:

  • Isla Horton from Grow Cardiff on growing food in workplaces and communities
  • Dr Emma Fieldhouse playing the Bananas Game to build climate literacy everywhere
  • Rob Abrams from MedAct about the idea of Health for a Green New Deal
  • Maeve Cohen from The Social Guarantee on the importance of public services for climate resilience

The themes of the day were about the idea of care work as climate work and public service jobs as green jobs, the vital role of public service workers in climate resilience, the challenges of decarbonisation in public service workplaces, and the opportunities for building better workplaces and a fairer society through a just transition and a green new deal.

Click here to see the recordings of the sessions

And email us for our help in organising a “Caring for our Climate” day in your branch or workplace.

Moving & Shaking 

During Adult Learners Week 2023 we organised a series of expert talks and panel discussions addressing the big issues faced by young workers in their careers in public services.
The aim is to give you the power to be an influencer at work, and the questions we covered were:

Other Recordings

Rethinking Green Jobs & Green Skills 

A talk at the Wales Climate Week Virtual Conference, 2023

How do we tackle climate change in a fair way from the perspective of health, care and local council workers?

This talk from the UNISON Cymru Wales learning team presents public service work through the lens of Kate Raworth’s Doughnut economics, concepts of Just Transition, and what skills needed for low carbon green jobs really are.

It will provide you with a re-framing of the value of health, care, education and other public service work as key to tackling the ecological crises we face. It explores our members’ attitudes towards and understanding of a just transition based on new UNISON and Leeds University research.

The talk argues for the important role that union-led upskilling and Green Reps have to play in the social partnerships needed for the fair decarbonisation of the foundational economy that sits at the heart of every Welsh community – our vital public services.

View other videos from the Wales Climate Week 2023 Virtual Conference

Understanding PTSD

As the covid-19 pandemic hit, our members in public services were facing a rising tide of traumatic experiences. We organised a special information event delivered by Anglesey-based BABCP accredited CBT expert, Keith Fearns, to help our colleagues understand more about post-traumatic stress.

You can view the video below and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Climate Change Watchparty

During UNISON Green Week and Adult Learners Week in September 2021, we hosted a watchparty event where we watched “A Message from the Future II“, followed by a discussion between UNISON organisers and learning staff about how we can engage workers in discussions about the Just Transition and the Green New Deal.

UNISON Member Learning Events

UNISON Learning & Organising Services run regular special events for members across the United Kingdom as part of our union’s member learning offer