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 […]

Empowering women against cyber-bullying

  In the first ever event of its kind in Wales, UNISON is today (25 November) running a training course in Cardiff to raise awareness of online abuse of women. The programme, ‘Combating Cyber Violence against Women and Girls,’ will help safeguard public services workers against cyber-bullying and inform those experiencing abuse of where to find […]

Politicians put school support staff in spotlight

In a major show of recognition, politicians and teachers across Wales will attend events in schools today (25 November) to praise the hard work of school support staff. Often unheralded, teaching assistants, midday supervisors, administrators, caterers and cleaners are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are. Senior education […]

Landmark award at Swansea council

  Public sector union UNISON, is today (18 November), celebrating a landmark decision by the City and County of Swansea Council to improve holiday pay for hundreds of frontline local government employees. Following concerted pressure from the union, the council has conceded that holiday pay should be calculated on the basis of all earnings and […]

Welsh youth work in crisis

A major conference organised by campaigning public services union UNISON, will today (18 November) be told that mass closures of youth centres across Wales means we are failing a generation of young people. The trade union has revealed spending by Welsh local authorities on youth services in the last four years has been cut by […]

UNISON defends libraries in Neath Port Talbot

UNISON has issued a rallying cry to protect the future of libraries across Neath Port Talbot (NPT) as well as the Cefn Coed museum. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is consulting on its 2017/18 budget and the cabinet is thought to be considering where spending can be cut. This Saturday (12 November) at 10am, […]

24,000 local government jobs lost – UNISON report

UNISON Cymru/Wales, the largest public sector trade union in Wales, is today launching a report which investigates the impact of austerity on local government in Wales. The report is being launched at the WLGA conference taking place in Cardiff. The report has been drafted in response to the ongoing financial pressure on local government services, […]

Councils not paying the price for care

The BBC is this morning reporting that nine out of 10 councils in the UK are not paying ‘realistic prices’ to support older and disabled people in their own homes. The UK Home Care Association calculated the minimum price councils should be paying was £16.70 per hour, but the average was over £2 less. UNISON […]

Aberfan disaster anniversary marked

The fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy has been marked by UNISON staff and members working in public services across Wales. Margaret Thomas, UNISON Regional Secretary said, “Wales stands united in remembering those who lost their lives and their families. Any death is a tragedy, but a child’s death holds a particular poignancy and our […]

Management consultant milks public purse

  Last night viewers of BBC2 documentary ‘Who’s spending our billions?’ heard Welsh councils were spending millions of pounds on management consultants to advise on cutting jobs and local public services. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was reported as receiving additional bonus payments tied to the number of people councils would eventually sack. To date the company was […]

Give Wales the public services it deserves

Public service workers from across the country gather at the Senedd today at 12.30pm to tell politicians that local services are under such severe strain their future is threatened. Members of UNISON will make the case for fair funding for Wales and investment in the quality public services our communities deserve. The union’s mass lobby […]

UNISON response to Health Foundation report

Commenting on today’s (13 October), report from the Health Foundation, Donna Hutton, UNISON’s head of health, said, “The notice that the NHS in Wales could be saved from financial ruin by penalising the earnings of nurses, medical secretaries, porters and others, is not welcome. They work as hard as they can to provide the best […]