Tribunal rules unfairly dismissed nurse must be re-engaged

A nurse who was sacked for frequent short-term sickness absence during a period when she was suffering domestic abuse is to be re-engaged following the intervention of her trade union, UNISON and law firm Thompsons. An employment tribunal has ruled that Cardiff and Vale University Health Board acted unfairly in dismissing Karen Allen-Powlett; that she […]

EU nationals in Wales should be protected

  Reacting to last night’s vote by Members of Parliament to overturn amendments aimed at guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK, Margaret Thomas, UNISON Cymru Regional Secretary said, “It’s a disgrace that the government is using EU nationals living and working here and contributing so much to our society, as negotiating chips. […]

Hospital workers win bumper pay award

  Healthcare workers in the sterilisation and disinfection units at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals have accepted the health board’s proposals to boost pay rates by up to £1,900, bringing to a close a two month industrial dispute. UNISON had argued that staff at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals were […]

Emergency ambulance attacked

Responding to news that a Welsh emergency ambulance was targeted by rugby fans on Friday evening, Darron Dupre, Ambulance lead for UNISON in Wales, said, “It is beyond belief that an emergency ambulance containing a highly experienced crew dedicated to supporting the rugby crowds last Friday was targeted by a reckless individual throwing a beer […]

Council Labour group to support Living Wage and end outsourcing

  Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru/Wales today (Monday) celebrates securing a landmark agreement with Carmarthenshire Labour group which would see the introduction of a Living Wage of £8.45 per hour for all council employees, if Labour wins control of the council in the May local elections. At a public event outside County Hall this […]

Council to pay thousands to unfairly sacked worker

An employment tribunal has forced Carmarthenshire County Council to pay tens of thousands of pounds in compensation after concluding it unfairly dismissed an employee working at Pembrey Country Park. Ski centre co-ordinator Eirian Morris was found to have been unlawfully treated when he was made redundant and supported by his trade union, UNISON and law […]

Councils failing female care workers

Public services union, UNISON, is using today’s International Women’s Day (Wednesday) to warn local authorities that overstretched resources in the care sector are depriving the largely female workforce of any dignity at work. A great deal of care is provided for councils by non-profit organisations and the trade union has written to every council in […]

Fair pensions for women

Women, trade unionists and campaigners for equality will travel in their hundreds to a lobby of Parliament today (Wednesday). They are calling for government action to support women born in the 1950s who have been unfairly disadvantaged by the changes to the State Pension arrangements. Their ranks will be swelled by delegations from Wrexham, Rhyl, Anglesey, Swansea […]

Careers service strategy in chaos

Sixty jobs are to be axed at Careers Wales despite the fact the organisation is in the running to deliver a landmark training scheme next year. Public services union, UNISON, has described Welsh government’s careers services funding strategy as a mess. The trade union has warned shedding so many jobs would seriously undermine the quality […]

ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]

ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]

Care services safeguarded at Newport council

Newport care workers this week are celebrating the news that the City Council has decided not to outsource care services for older people. Public services union UNISON, ran a campaign to retain services in-house and it has described the decision as a victory for clients and employees. The trade feared outsourcing would undermine care standards […]

Strike back on at ABMU hospitals

  Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have described the health board’s pay offer as unsatisfactory and escalated their industrial action.  A 48-hour stoppage is scheduled for Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 February 2017. Non-emergency surgery is likely to be severely disrupted. Employees are infuriated […]

UNISON launches manifesto for strong Welsh communities

  Investing in public services and strengthening communities must be the priority for all political parties, according to a manifesto published today (Wednesday) by UNISON, ahead of the Welsh local elections. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will join more than a hundred public service workers including carers, caretakers and refuse collectors outside Cardiff Central Library […]

Calling notice: Official launch UNISON Cymru/Wales manifesto

UNISON Cymru/Wales will officially launch its manifesto for the forthcoming local elections in Wales on Wednesday 15 February 2017, outside Cardiff Central Library, the Hayes at 12.30pm. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, will join over 100 local government workers and council candidates from across Wales for the event. Local government workers in their various uniforms […]