New trade union leader for public service workers in Wales

Healthcare workers, council employees, emergency service staff and many others working in public services, have a new trade union leader today (Wednesday). Tanya Palmer has been announced as the acting regional secretary of UNISON Cymru Wales.

The trade union has 1.3million members across the UK, nearly 100,000 of them in Wales. UNISON made the announcement on May Day, International Workers’ Day where trade union victories which have benefitted the whole of society – on limiting working hours and achieving minimum rates of pay, are celebrated across the World.

Tanya Palmer, UNISON Cymru Wales acting regional secretary, said,

“UNISON is the leading voice defending our public services and the communities they serve.

“UNISON will continue to challenge the severe spending cuts from Westminster which are squeezing family budgets and have brought local public services to crisis point. Welsh local councils have lost 28,000 jobs since 2010. Right across our public services, workers in healthcare, police, local authorities and in colleges and universities and elsewhere, are working harder than ever with fewer resources.

“I’m very proud to be leading UNISON in Wales. As a previous member and nurse, I want to work collectively and harness that inspiring spirit of the Welsh trade union movement and campaign for world class public services.”


Alastair Gittins, UNISON Press Officer on 07816 538397