UNISON fundraising for ambitious hospital orchard

Vale of Glamorgan healthcare workers are lining up to have their heads shaved for charity

UNISON Wales: ‘Public service workplaces are sexist’

  Female employees in Welsh councils, NHS and other public services, experience sexism at work as an everyday occurrence. That’s the stark message from UNISON Cymru Wales which asked members, 100 years after women won the vote, if equality in the workplace has been achieved. According to 70 per cent of respondents, the answer was […]

Public let down by care system

The Welsh care system is in crisis and those receiving residential care are not getting the levels of support they need. That’s the message from the trade union representing care workers, who in turn suffer in-work poverty. UNISON Cymru Wales will today (Wednesday), publish a best practice charter for residential care at the Senedd which […]

Solidarity message to striking UCU members

UNISON Cymru Wales has sent a solidarity message to UCU members striking at some Welsh universities this week. Dan Beard from UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive said, “UNISON Cymru Wales members give a warm message of solidarity to UCU members striking in defence of your right to a decent pension. “Yours is a critical […]

UNISON endorses Julie Morgan for Welsh Labour deputy

UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Forum has endorsed Julie Morgan AM in her bid to become Welsh Labour deputy leader. The popular Cardiff Assembly Member secured the endorsement at a recent UNISON meeting in Llandudno. Each candidate vying to be deputy (or their representative) was invited to address the audience of healthcare workers, local authority […]

Tribunal awards University of South Wales’ cleaners thousands

Photo: Cleaners victorious outside Cardiff Magistrates court. Credit: Seb Cooke Cleaners working at the University of South Wales have won thousands of pounds compensation for unlawful deduction of wages dating back eleven months. The nine women, supported by their trade union, UNISON, are employed by KGB Cleaning to clean the university’s campus in the Atrium […]

Twenty-one schools in Gwynedd cut support assistance

Twenty-one schools in Gwynedd are cutting the amount of assistance students receive in the classroom. Hundreds of support staff have been told their working hours could be reduced or they could be made redundant because the council doesn’t have any more money. School support staff are organised by UNISON and the trade union has warned […]

100 years of women’s suffrage but true equality elusive

Campaigning public services union, UNISON is using the commemoration of a hundred years of women’s suffrage (Tuesday), to survey female members’ attitudes to barriers they face in today’s workplaces. This work is being undertaken by UNISON’s proactive Women’s committee. UNISON Cymru Wales is proud of having women in key leadership positions; 3 out of 4 of […]

Possible changes at Hywel Dda health board

Responding to the news Hywel Dda UHB is considering options to change healthcare provision in the area, Donna Hutton UNISON Cymru Wales head of health said, “If hospitals close, a wealth of local expertise will be lost. People will be forced to travel much further to access hospital treatment and hundreds of good quality jobs […]

Hospital staff celebrate anniversary of successful dispute

Healthcare workers organised by UNISON are today (Thursday) celebrating the one year anniversary of a landmark industrial dispute that delivered pay increases of between £500 and £2,000 for those involved at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU). For three years, workers in the sterilisation and […]

UNISON: Wales has social care ‘on the cheap’

Responding to the publication of the Older People’s Commissioner’s report ‘A Place to Call Home’, Andy Rutherford, UNISON lead organiser for social care said, “The report has shone a welcome light on the desperate situation in social care. Overstretched resources mean those receiving care are not getting the level of support they need. At the […]

UNISON: ‘Leisure privatisation betrays people of Swansea’

UNISON has revealed Swansea council is to privatise leisure services, reneging on a clear promise to staff this would not happen. The trade union said local authority officials have shortlisted three private contractors to run Morriston, Penlan and Penyrheol sports centres. UNISON has warned privatisation is a terrible error which will damage the quality of […]

UNISON responds to collapse of Carillion

Responding to the collapse of Carillion, Mark Turner, UNISON Cymru Wales lead official on private contractors said, “The demise of Carillion (and the collapse of Southern Cross before that), shows claims made about outsourcing – that the private sector is more efficient, effective and there is a transfer of risk – are a complete myth. […]

Grinch visits prominent Welsh MPs

Four prominent Welsh Conservative MPs will receive visits from groups of Grinch lookalikes this week. Public service workers angry at the UK government’s continued seven-year pay cap will invoke the fictional character who famously wanted to ruin Christmas time. They will warn the MPs not to “steal our pay rise.” Healthcare and local authority staff […]

UNISON urges MPs: ‘stick up for your communities’

UNISON Cymru Wales has written to all Conservative MPs urging them to attend a debate in Parliament this afternoon (Monday) on the trade union’s petition to end the seven-year public sector pay cap. The petition has been signed by thousands of people and UNISON has said MPs must stand up for the communities they have […]