Double blow threatens future of Welsh careers service

  The organisation providing careers advice for people of all ages across Wales has been hit by a double blow which UNISON says threatens its future and with it, the provision of high quality support to students and adults seeking employment. Careers Wales, which is owned by the Welsh government, is already reeling from a […]


Shadow minister: ‘pay university cleaners the living wage’

  Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Jo Stevens MP, has given her support to cleaners at the University of South Wales campaigning to be paid the ‘real’ Living Wage of £8.45 per hour. Employed by KGB Cleaning Services, staff currently receive £7.20 per hour, which they say forces them to live in poverty […]

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‘Choose Well’ and think before using the emergency medical care service today

UNISON Cymru Wales is today (12th January) calling for the people of Wales to ‘prepare well’ and ‘choose well’ ahead of the rain, gales and snow we are expecting imminently. As the largest trade union within the NHS in Wales, UNISON represents staff across the emergency medical care service including the Welsh Ambulance Service and […]


UNISON Cymru statement on the pressures on our hospitals

Head of health Donna Hutton yesterday issued the following statement on the current pressure on the NHS and particularly A&E departments across Wales. “Our health services are under great pressures now – as people fall ill in the colder weather and the fact that we have an aging population which requires more care. Staff in […]


Prime Minister ‘missing the point’ on mental health

  Reacting to Prime Minister’s scheduled announcement on mental health today, UNISON Cymru/Wales accused the Government of lacking a comprehensive strategy to improve mental health services for the whole of society. The trade union said Theresa May was blind to the fact that the Conservative government’s own policies have had a detrimental effect on many […]

What’s it like to work at Christmas?

Philip Warlow is a support worker in the community and voluntary sector. He is a UNISON representative and wrote this piece. Another year has nearly passed and Christmas is almost upon us. As my wife and I reach a time in our lives that has seen many Christmas Days come, we feel blessed that our two […]

Overwhelming vote for strike action at ABMU hospitals

UNISON has today announced that staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units and the x-ray departments have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. Hospital workers at Morriston, Singleton, Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals are infuriated their claim for pay parity with colleagues […]

Care providers are in a desperate position – joint open letter

UNISON has released an open letter to local authority leaders and chief executives across Wales calling for fairer funding in the care sector. The letter, detailed below, us supported by third sector employers including Catrefi Cymru, Gofal, Hafal, Mirus Wales, Perthyn, and Wales and West Housing Association. Dear Welsh Local Councils,   Care providers are in a desperate […]

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Call for Newport City Cabinet to reject social care outsourcing proposals

UNISON Newport City branch is calling on Newport City Cabinet members to rethink cost saving proposals being made around the social care services as a matter of urgency. Newport City Cabinet is scheduled to meet 21 December to commence the consultation process on the budget. The cost saving proposals being considered include an option to outsource the […]


Remember carers are working this Christmas

  In its festive campaign this year, Wales’ largest public services union UNISON, is asking people to remember that care work doesn’t stop for Christmas. It is contrasting families sitting down together for dinner with 25 December being a normal day for carers supporting people in their homes and residential centres. UNISON is championing carers […]

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UNISON urges patients to ‘Choose Well’ in campaign launch at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Porters, hospital chefs and laboratory staff will today (14th December 2016) launch UNISON Cymru Wales’ winter Choose Well awareness campaign. The Choose Well campaign aims to help people in Wales who are unwell to get the best level of support and assistance. Many people, especially in winter, think that when they are unwell they need […]

Strike ballot at ABMU hospitals

UNISON is today (Wednesday) issuing ballot papers to staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units and the x-ray department. Hospital workers are infuriated their claim for pay parity with colleagues doing the same job in other hospitals in Wales has not been taken seriously by the […]


‘Exploitation ends now’ cleaners tell university

Cleaners working at the University of South Wales today launch a campaign to tell their employer they deserve to be paid the ‘real’ Living Wage Foundation rate of £8.45 per hour. The cleaning staff are organised by UNISON and work at four sites on University of South Wales campuses in Newport, Treforest, Merthyr Tydfil and […]


Have you watched your local public services disappear?

Have you watched your local public services disappear and wondered how this represents progress? It might be that the library is cutting back on its opening hours; or the household waste centre has shut and so has the youth club or there’s no money to refurbish the local sports centre. Neighbours who find it difficult […]

Final push to improve budget

  UNISON will today (30 November), present its petition, to a Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee, calling for fair funding of local government. The union has collected signatures from council workers across the length and breadth Wales to pressurise the Welsh Government, as it finalises its budget today, to give the country the public services it […]