Strike action at Bron Afon housing association

  Support workers at Bron Afon housing association in Cwmbran will go on strike tomorrow (Thursday), in protest at the decision to reduce annual salaries by more than £3,000. UNISON has said three, twenty-four hour stoppages are planned in response to the move which has slashed annual wages for the overwhelming majority of staff in […]

UNISON Cymru comment on NHS pay cap

Donna Hutton UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “Healthcare workers in Wales have suffered seven years of poor pay awards as a direct result of UK Conservative government austerity policies. All public sector workers have experienced a real term drop in wages since 2009. “There’s no doubt that the cuts are hurting and it’s disgraceful […]

UNISON celebrates best care in NHS Wales

UNISON Cymru/Wales will hold its second NHS Health Awards tomorrow (Wednesday 5 July), at the Cardiff City stadium. The union will celebrate the individual contributions of healthcare workers at a gala dinner in the company of Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething AM, Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales and Dave Prentis, general secretary of […]

University creche to be privatised

The news that the University of South Wales intends to privatise its popular crèche has met with anger amongst staff. The nursery is to be outsourced on 31 July with the twelve members of staff moving to the new company. UNISON has complained that the university has not properly involved members of staff in the […]

More than 100 jobs to go at Bangor university

  Reacting to the news that 115 jobs are threatened at Bangor university, Geoff Edkins, UNISON organiser said, “Whilst UNISON is committed to working with the University and the other trade unions to ensure there is a sustainable structure fit for the future, there’s no escaping the fact that our members are alarmed at the potential […]

Welsh minister addresses UNISON conference

Welsh Assembly leader of the house and government chief whip, Jane Hutt, will address a fringe event at UNISON’s annual conference in Brighton tomorrow (Thursday). Jane will describe how the Welsh government is improving wages and working conditions for those in the UK and around the world by ensuring that only companies paying decent wages […]

Welsh trade unionist chairs NHS event at UNISON annual conference

  UNISON member and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board healthcare worker Jan Tomlinson is to chair a fringe event at the union’s annual conference in Brighton today (Tuesday). She will be joined by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth MP and Guardian columnist Owen Jones in a debate on the future of health services. The Save […]

Trade union supports Great Get Together

  UNISON Cymru/Wales is encouraging people to celebrate the principles Jo Cox stood for and support the Great Get Together this weekend. The Foundation named in her honour wants to bring communities together and is inviting people on 16 -18 June to share a barbecue, picnic or bake off, celebrating with fun and humour, all […]

Social care sector starved of money

Responding to Welsh government plans to curb zero-hours contracts in social care, Andy Rutherford, UNISON Cymru organiser said, “The social care sector is in crisis because it has been starved of money as a result of seven years of brutal Tory spending cuts. Many councils have farmed out social care in a bid to make […]

Bangor university finances ‘alarming’

Reacting to the news that 170 jobs are threatened at Bangor university and staff are being asked to take a pay cut, Geoff Edkins, UNISON organiser said, “University staff are alarmed at the apparent state of Bangor University’s finances. They are angry that management of the university has put their jobs at risk and threatened […]

Support staff win protections for medicine administration in schools

For the first time in Wales, school support staff in Swansea will benefit from new guidelines on the administration of medicines to children in their care. Their union, UNISON has said more children than ever in mainstream education require specific health care, yet support staff receive little or no training in this area and many […]

Union campaign secures nursery future

  Public services union, UNISON has hailed the news from the University of South Wales that its nursery will not now close as a victory for ‘people power’. The crèche was earmarked to close in September with 22 staff losing their jobs. The trade union helped to co-ordinate opposition to the proposal from nursery staff, […]

Labour’s John McDonnell to speak at Merthyr Rising

  Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will return to the campaign trail on Friday 26 May to speak at the Merthyr Rising Festival, which will be opened by UNISON Assistant General Secretary Roger McKenzie. The festival, which commemorates the 1831 Merthyr Rising, when the red flag was flown as a sign of protest for the […]

Jobs threatened at Cardiff Met University

Public services union, UNISON, has been advised by Cardiff Met that the university must make millions of pounds worth of savings over the next five years and that voluntary redundancy is being offered to all permanent staff. One hundred jobs are at risk as the university looks to save £10.5m by 2022/23. UNISON branch secretary […]

UNISON mourns Rhodri Morgan

Reacting to the passing of former Labour First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Margaret Thomas, UNISON Cymru/Wales regional secretary said, “Like everyone in the Labour Party and trade union movement across Wales, UNISON members are in shock at the passing of Rhodri Morgan. We remember him affectionately, as a decent man, an authentic, clever politician who spoke […]