Press releases

Low paid female staff heaviest hit by school cuts

Each year, predominantly female low paid teaching assistants, cooks, cleaners, receptionists and more, are told by their school they must reduce their working hours or help make other savings if they wish to keep their jobs

All Welsh council workers to receive Real Living Wage

From 1st April 2019 all council workers in Wales will receive an hourly rate of at least £9.00

Women have the power to shape their future

A landmark event in Wales marking International Women’s Day will explore gender equality, women’s history and their struggles and successes.

Bridgend council cuts will hit working families

Bridgend County Borough Council plans to slash spending on services by £7.6m and this will have a devastating impact on jobs, public services and the local economy

UNISON: ‘Powys made wrong decision on care’

Council to re-privatise care provision despite BUPA’s troubled tenure of local care homes.

Bangor university to cut pensions of lowest paid staff

Bangor university has announced it plans to cut the pensions of its clerical workers; I.T. staff; lab workers; cleaners; caterers; security staff and more. The pensions of higher paid staff, such as lecturers and executive managers, will not be affected. UNISON says by targeting non-academic staff, Bangor has shown how little it values the role […]

Pay rise for low paid Vale workers

Vale of Glamorgan school support staff; refuse workers; cleaners; caterers and more are in line for a pay rise after the council worked in partnership with the trade unions to deliver a minimum rate of £9.18 per hour, effective from 1 April 2019. Hourly wages will increase by £1.28 from the current £7.90. The new […]

Competition success for Bridgend youngsters

Stars at Pil Primary, Pyle, photo credit: Laura Doel Youngsters throughout Bridgend have showed off their creative skills to honour the unsung heroes of their schools. UNISON in Bridgend launched a poster competition as part of its Stars in Our Schools initiative. Pupils were encouraged to draw pictures of their favourite support staff and give […]

Job cuts will damage Bangor university

Responding to the news that as many as 60 jobs are threatened at Bangor university, UNISON Cymru Wales has warned the quality of education and prestige of the institution will inevitably suffer. The trade union, which represents university support staff, has singled out the threat to cut Bangor security team jobs as a terrible own […]

End of austerity sham as further cuts hit Swansea

Grim news for Swansea residents as hundreds of local authority jobs threatened

Cruel tax policy leaves children in poverty

Two child limit under Tax Credits and Universal Credit leaves some families struggling in poverty

Cardiff MP backs young workers’ campaign

Jo Stevens has backed demands from UNISON Cymru Wales’ Young Members’ group that will make a real difference to young people’s quality of life

Mark Drakeford calls for Robin Hood Tax

Mark Drakeford AM wants the UK Government to introduce a Robin Hood Tax to provide much-needed funds for vital community services

London austerity costs Wales 28,000 jobs

28,100 local authority jobs have been lost in Wales since 2010 as a result of severe spending cuts driven by the UK Westminster government

National celebration for ‘Stars in our Schools’

In a major show of recognition, schools right across Wales will today (Friday) hold award ceremonies, special assemblies and coffee mornings to thank support staff for their commitment over the last year. Teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are often unsung heroes but are part of the whole education team which makes our […]