Council workers fighting for future of jobs in Merthyr, says UNISON

UNISON flag outside Merthyr Tydfil Civic Centre

Council workers in Merthyr Tydfil fighting for the future of their jobs will hold a demonstration in the town centre.

UNISON, which represents tens of thousands of public sector workers across Wales, is joining forces with the GMB union for the event at 4pm on Wednesday (20 March) outside the Merthyr Civic Centre on Castle Street (pictured above).

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is planning to bring library staff, as well as those working in museums in the area back as workers employed by the local authority.

However, UNISON says the authority has not confirmed if those employees will receive their annual approved pay rise once they are brought back in house.

The union says staff working in leisure centres in Merthyr are also facing an uncertain future with no assurances they will also receive a pay rise or back pay.

A Merthyr Council worker who did not want to be named said: “We are not paid a great deal compared to the private sector and utilities, food and transport costs have all increased over the past few years but our pay does not reflect that.

“This situation has caused low morale for all staff who feel undervalued, demotivated and taken for granted.”