Campaigning public services union UNISON Cymru Wales, will hold a north Wales launch of its manifesto for the Welsh Assembly elections today (Wednesday), at the Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
UNISON will emphasise the need to invest in quality public services and the public sector workforce for the good of Wales.
Politicians from across the parties have been invited along with local government leaders and directors from Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board.
UNISON’s membership is predominantly female and the trade union is using activities around International Women’s Day earlier in the week, to host a ‘UNISON day of action for women’, the centre point of which is the launch of the UNISON manifesto.
The event will also see the publication of UNISON’s Women in Society booklet and promote of the work of the Domestic Abuse Safety Unit.
UNISON members will donate Easter eggs for the children of women in refuges.
Speaking about the UNISON Cymru Wales elections manifesto, regional secretary Margaret Thomas said:
“Our local hospitals, council services, schools, colleges and police are the bedrock of our communities and we want world class public services that Wales can be proud of.
“That means sustained investment, services retained within the public sector and provided by directly employed public sector staff.
“We know that the UK Conservative government is recklessly slashing spending because it doesn’t believe in the public sector, but a Welsh government must work as hard as it possibly can to protect our services.
“Proper funding here will help tackle poverty and inequality and make Wales a fairer place to live. We will be challenging the candidates of all parties in all seats to deliver.”
The trade union is also producing specialist health, local government and education manifestos to be used as campaigning tools.
Notes to editors
The UNISON north Wales manifesto launch follows a similar event at the Senedd on St David’s Day, hosted by UNISON Assembly Member convenor Mike Hedges.
Alastair Gittins, UNISON Cymru/Wales press officer on 07816 538397