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 […]

Abused for wanting to serve the community

  Public sector union UNISON has condemned the vile abuse directed at a young female member who is standing in the General Election. Emily Owen is standing for the Labour Party in Aberconwy and has suffered appalling online sexual harassment since announcing her candidacy. Twenty-two year old Emily has received a series of degrading comments […]

Dire schools budget triggers strike vote

  A severe budget cut at Newport’s Caerleon Comprehensive school will seriously undermine the quality of students’ education, UNISON has warned. Teaching assistants have been threatened with redundancy and the trade union has initiated a ballot for strike action. The result is expected by the end of the month. The school faces a budget reduction […]

Aberystwyth university seeks redundancies

Responding to the news that Aberystwyth university has written to all members of staff with a request for voluntary redundancies, UNISON’s Jeff Baker said, “The university has met with the trade unions and accounting for the scale of the savings required, we understand that up to 150 jobs could be at risk. Aberystwyth university is […]

Protest march to save university creche

  Parents and nursery workers will hold a demonstration in Pontypridd at 11.30am this Saturday (6 May), to protest against University of South Wales’ (USW) decision to close its crèche facilities. UNISON says closing the play centre will impact negatively on all parts of the university community and the wider area. The trade union has […]

Low paid carers win annual leave boost

Holiday pay for carers, highways maintenance staff and others employed by Caerphilly council will be significantly boosted following discussions with the trades unions. The landmark agreement means low paid carers and others will receive annual leave payments that properly reflect their regular earnings and are no longer financially penalised during holiday periods. In some cases, […]

UNISON Cymru/Wales launches #respectyouryouth charter  

Campaigning public services union will today (Thursday) launch its charter for young people in the company of hot local band The Sandinistas and Cardiff Labour MP Jo Stevens. The event will take place in Cardiff venue Ten Feet Tall at 7pm. The key demands of the #respectyouryouth charter are for a real Living Wage regardless […]

Ambulance workers remember fallen comrades

  Ambulance workers across Wales will today (Friday) mark the one year anniversary of the collision of two ambulances which resulted in the death of ambulance driver John Clift and seriously injured two colleagues. On 28 April 2016, his patient transport vehicle collided with an urgent care ambulance on the A499 near Pwllheli. Ambulance staff, […]

Pembrokeshire commemorates Workers’ Memorial Day

Trade union members across the country, including from UNISON Cymru/Wales, will this week be commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day and those who have lost their lives at work. The annual event held on 28 April sees workers, their families and representatives around the world marking the day with the rallying cry “remember the dead, but fight […]

Labour group promises ethical care in Swansea

Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru/Wales today (Wednesday) celebrates securing a landmark agreement with Swansea Labour group which would see the implementation of an ethical care charter – the first of its kind in Wales, if Labour wins control of the council in the May local elections. At a public event outside Swansea Guildhall this […]

University South Wales protest: ‘Hands off our nursery’

Public services union, UNISON is urging the University of South Wales to reverse its decision to close its crèche facilities. Today (Wednesday), university staff, students, members of the public and their children will attend a protest rally at the Treforest campus at 10am. They will argue closure of the play centre will impact negatively on […]

Trinity St David university seeks mass redundancies

The University of Wales, Trinity St David has written to all teaching and support members of staff asking them to consider voluntary redundancy. Although, a target number of applicants has not been publicised, UNISON says the university hopes to make savings of around ten percent across its expenditure. It would be reasonable to assume compulsory […]

Private care system is rotten

Private care companies routinely flout even basic employment protections because they think they are above the law, according to UNISON. The trade union has recently won eight cases against a care provider in the Gwent region where it was easy to establish the minimum wage was not being paid. Each care worker received compensation from […]

Fears of job losses at University of South Wales

University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch press release The University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch have today been informed of the scale and shape of the cuts being proposed by the University as it reviews its shape and size under financial pressures. The University which has campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport has […]

Pay recommendations for NHS Wales published

  Reacting to the news that Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething AM has accepted the recommendations of the National Health Service Pay Review Body, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health Donna Hutton said, “The decision of the UK government to cap pay rises at a meagre one per cent has left a bitter taste in the […]