Vale of Glamorgan council slated over library announcement

UNISON has criticised the Vale of Glamorgan council for publishing misleading information about the future of the authority’s library services

UNISON Wales issues challenge on ambulance times

UNISON Cymru/Wales has welcomed the announcement of improved ambulance response times, but is calling on the Welsh government to replace them as the key performance indicator for the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. With year-on-year demand for emergency ambulance services increasing by 6.2%, UNISON is also calling for unions, the Welsh government and employers to […]

UNISON slams police and crime commissioner for turning down £2.3m

UNISON Cymru/Wales criticises Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner for decision to forego an additional £2.3m worth of funding

UNISON urges Betsi Cadwaladr health board to withdraw maternity unit closure plans

UNISON has called on Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board to withdraw their plans to close a consultant-led maternity unit

Merthyr Tydfil council bypasses unions and asks staff to agree to pay cuts

Trades unions are disappointed that the chief executive of Merthyr council has bypassed trade unions and sent a message out to almost half of the council’s workers asking them to accept large cuts in pay to plug budget gaps caused by the UK government’s austerity agenda. Intensive talks between the joint trades unions – UNISON, GMB and UNITE – and […]

Wales FE workers vote to accept revised pay offer

Further education workers in Wales have voted to accept a 1% pay offer made by the employers following the threat of industrial action

Cardiff rallies to save its libraries

People from across Cardiff came together on National Libraries Day to stage a ‘read-in’ to oppose cuts to Cardiff library services

Celebrate your local library on National Libraries Day

‘Express your love of libraries’ and stand behind library staff this Saturday, on National Libraries Day

UNISON highlights double whammy effect of austerity and local government reorganisation in Wales

In response to the release of  Welsh public services minister Leighton Andrews’ consultation, Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of local government Dominic MacAskill said: “There is a general consensus across Wales that council restructuring is both necessary and inevitable. “However, despite the fact that this debate has been ongoing for some […]

UNISON calls on Caerphilly council to withdraw ‘buy out’ plans

UNISON has called on Caerphilly council to withdraw a report outlining plans to ‘buy out’ essential car user allowances and annual leave currently afforded to chief officers at the council. UNISON believes that the plans would allow chief officers to be treated more favourably compared to all other council staff. The changes are to be […]

UNISON Cymru welcomes pledge to increase NHS Wales funding via ‘mansion tax’

UNISON Cymru/Wales has welcomed a commitment to fund an increase in NHS Wales staff via the implementation of the ‘mansion tax’

Wales’ only rainforest faces the chop

A petition has been launched to defend Plantasia, Wales’ only rainforest, against plans for closure

UNISON slams PM’s comments on Welsh NHS

UNISON Cymru/Wales has responded angrily to comments made by the David Cameron about the NHS Wales, after the Prime Minister stood by his description of Offa’s Dyke as a “line between life and death” due to cuts in Welsh NHS funding. In response, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health Dawn Bowden said: “The Prime Minister’s comments about the Welsh […]

Further education unions in Wales to consider revised pay offer

Further education trade unions met today to discuss their next stage in their campaign to secure better pay for the further education workforce. Ballot results published yesterday show that union members working in further education are prepared to take industrial action in the dispute over pay. However, the college employer’s organisation, Colegau Cymru, has indicated […]

Further education members in Wales vote to strike over pay

UNISON members in further education across Wales have voted in favour of taking industrial action in response to pay