Welsh minister addresses UNISON conference

Welsh Assembly leader of the house and government chief whip, Jane Hutt, will address a fringe event at UNISON’s annual conference in Brighton tomorrow (Thursday). Jane will describe how the Welsh government is improving wages and working conditions for those in the UK and around the world by ensuring that only companies paying decent wages […]

Welsh trade unionist chairs NHS event at UNISON annual conference

  UNISON member and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board healthcare worker Jan Tomlinson is to chair a fringe event at the union’s annual conference in Brighton today (Tuesday). She will be joined by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth MP and Guardian columnist Owen Jones in a debate on the future of health services. The Save […]

Trade union supports Great Get Together

  UNISON Cymru/Wales is encouraging people to celebrate the principles Jo Cox stood for and support the Great Get Together this weekend. The Foundation named in her honour wants to bring communities together and is inviting people on 16 -18 June to share a barbecue, picnic or bake off, celebrating with fun and humour, all […]

Social care sector starved of money

Responding to Welsh government plans to curb zero-hours contracts in social care, Andy Rutherford, UNISON Cymru organiser said, “The social care sector is in crisis because it has been starved of money as a result of seven years of brutal Tory spending cuts. Many councils have farmed out social care in a bid to make […]

Bangor university finances ‘alarming’

Reacting to the news that 170 jobs are threatened at Bangor university and staff are being asked to take a pay cut, Geoff Edkins, UNISON organiser said, “University staff are alarmed at the apparent state of Bangor University’s finances. They are angry that management of the university has put their jobs at risk and threatened […]

Support staff win protections for medicine administration in schools

For the first time in Wales, school support staff in Swansea will benefit from new guidelines on the administration of medicines to children in their care. Their union, UNISON has said more children than ever in mainstream education require specific health care, yet support staff receive little or no training in this area and many […]

Union campaign secures nursery future

  Public services union, UNISON has hailed the news from the University of South Wales that its nursery will not now close as a victory for ‘people power’. The crèche was earmarked to close in September with 22 staff losing their jobs. The trade union helped to co-ordinate opposition to the proposal from nursery staff, […]

Labour’s John McDonnell to speak at Merthyr Rising

  Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will return to the campaign trail on Friday 26 May to speak at the Merthyr Rising Festival, which will be opened by UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie. The festival, which commemorates the 1831 Merthyr Rising, when the red flag was flown as a sign of protest for the […]

Jobs threatened at Cardiff Met University

Public services union, UNISON, has been advised by Cardiff Met that the university must make millions of pounds worth of savings over the next five years and that voluntary redundancy is being offered to all permanent staff. One hundred jobs are at risk as the university looks to save £10.5m by 2022/23. UNISON branch secretary […]

UNISON mourns Rhodri Morgan

Reacting to the passing of former Labour First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Margaret Thomas, UNISON Cymru/Wales regional secretary said, “Like everyone in the Labour Party and trade union movement across Wales, UNISON members are in shock at the passing of Rhodri Morgan. We remember him affectionately, as a decent man, an authentic, clever politician who spoke […]

Abused for wanting to serve the community

  Public sector union UNISON has condemned the vile abuse directed at a young female member who is standing in the General Election. Emily Owen is standing for the Labour Party in Aberconwy and has suffered appalling online sexual harassment since announcing her candidacy. Twenty-two year old Emily has received a series of degrading comments […]

Dire schools budget triggers strike vote

  A severe budget cut at Newport’s Caerleon Comprehensive school will seriously undermine the quality of students’ education, UNISON has warned. Teaching assistants have been threatened with redundancy and the trade union has initiated a ballot for strike action. The result is expected by the end of the month. The school faces a budget reduction […]

Aberystwyth university seeks redundancies

Responding to the news that Aberystwyth university has written to all members of staff with a request for voluntary redundancies, UNISON’s Jeff Baker said, “The university has met with the trade unions and accounting for the scale of the savings required, we understand that up to 150 jobs could be at risk. Aberystwyth university is […]

Protest march to save university creche

  Parents and nursery workers will hold a demonstration in Pontypridd at 11.30am this Saturday (6 May), to protest against University of South Wales’ (USW) decision to close its crèche facilities. UNISON says closing the play centre will impact negatively on all parts of the university community and the wider area. The trade union has […]

Low paid carers win annual leave boost

Holiday pay for carers, highways maintenance staff and others employed by Caerphilly council will be significantly boosted following discussions with the trades unions. The landmark agreement means low paid carers and others will receive annual leave payments that properly reflect their regular earnings and are no longer financially penalised during holiday periods. In some cases, […]