UNISON comment on University of South Wales/Trinity St David’s announcement

University support staff at the University of South Wales and at Trinity St David cautiously welcome the news of this partnership

Time to fix a broken care system

As Welsh government, care employers and trade unions meet today (Friday) to finalise preparations for the new Social Care Forum, UNISON has said it is time to show frontline care workers they are valued and pay them what they are worth

Schools support staff central to safe return to schools

School support staff will be central to the success of the full return to schools in September and Welsh Government’s operation guidance must reflect this, says UNISON.

Pembrokeshire council and Ombudsman sent dossier of offensive material posted by councillor Dowson

Pembrokeshire County Council and the Public Services Ombudsman have been urged to examine social media posts apparently made by councillor Paul Dowson which are hateful to women; the LGBT+ community; to different religions and to Black people

Swansea council’s support for Black Lives Matter wins union praise

The City and County of Swansea branch of public service workers union, UNISON, has congratulated Swansea councillors for passing a Black Lives Matter motion last week

Show your appreciation and thoughts for the NHS and key workers, says UNISON

People around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON

UNISON: Hold investigation into Pembs councillor Dowson’s conduct

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Paul Dowson’s public statements criticising the Black Lives Matter movement should be formally investigated by the council, according to UNISON.

UNISON writes to Prime Minister: “Do the right thing on Welsh care workers’ bonus”

Public services union UNISON Cymru Wales has today (Thursday), written to the Prime Minister, asking him to do the right thing for Welsh care workers by allowing them to keep a pandemic bonus in full.

Huge community and staff effort saved Royal Glamorgan A&E

Responding to the announcement that the threatened Accident and Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan hospital is to remain fully-operational, healthcare workers union, UNISON has praised the unified community campaign which brought local people, hospital staff, unions and politicians together. Sarah Davies, Cwm Taf Morgannwg health branch chair, said, “Saving the Royal Glamorgan A&E is […]

Thousands of schools support staff across Wales believe schools should remain closed until September

Over 70% of school support staff across Wales believe opening schools June 29th is too soon, says the results of a UNISON survey

UNISON opposes reopening of schools 29 June and calls on Minister to urgently review timescale

Following full consideration of Welsh Government’s Keep Education Safe: Operational guidance for schools and settings UNISON is in strong opposition to widening access to schools from 29 June and has called for the Minister to urgently review her decision

UNISON: Not enough time for schools to safely prepare for re-opening

Welsh government guidance published today on the safe reopening of schools does not provide enough lead in time for schools to safely manage the risk of the further spread of Covid-19, says UNISON.

Right that all staff in care to receive Covid payment, says UNISON

Welcoming the announcement today from First Minister Mark Drakeford that all staff employed in social care – including kitchen and cleaning staff – are to receive a £500 payment, UNISON Wales lead for care Mark Turner said: “This is great news for low-paid care workers across Wales. There had been concern that some staff not involved […]

All schools staff to be included in antibody testing strategy following UNISON intervention

The Welsh Education Minister has clarified that all school staff will be prioritised for antibody testing as part of the strategy for schools following UNISON intervention

Re-opening of schools is not as simple as safe classrooms, says UNISON

The Welsh Government Education Minister has maintained the importance of being guided by science when considering how schools should open, and it is essential this remains a priority for the next stage of the response to Covid-19, says Wales’ biggest public sector trade union. Rosie Lewis, UNISON Wales school support staff lead, said: “Teaching assistants, […]