Press releases

“Include us in Covid planning”, school support staff urge Kirsty Williams

UNISON Cymru Wales urged the Minister not to overlook the views of the thousands of support staff in planning for schools to re-open to all students

Union offers Welsh care workers Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training

Care workers affected by gruelling shifts caring for Covid-19 patients have been offered courses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by their trade union

UNISON welcomes £500 bonus for all care workers

Wales’ biggest public services trade union has warmly welcomed Welsh Government’s announcement today that all social care workers will be paid a £500 bonus in recognition of their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Care workers allocated inadequate home-made protective equipment

Daily reports from care staff to UNISON complain at the inadequacy of the equipment provided

Welsh council employers and unions: “Health Minister must urgently intervene to help care workers”

Local authority employers and trade union representatives are so concerned about the severe pressures facing social and home care providers and care workers, they have today (Friday) written to Health Minister Vaughan Gething requesting his urgent intervention

Care workers desperate for fair access to supermarkets

Social care workers across Wales have welcomed the introduction of a card which will allow them to access supermarkets during the allocated opening hours for health service staff

Protective kit supply issues in Wales must be overcome immediately, says UNISON

UNISON Wales has today (Saturday) written to the First Minster in the strongest terms about the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) across Wales

UNISON Cymru Wales to deliver free online Covid-19 training across Wales

Jenny Griffin As part of our commitment to supporting vital key workers through this crisis UNISON Cymru Wales is offering a free Covid-19 e-learning course to our social care members and workers in Wales, funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF). Working in partnership with ‘e-Learning For You’, an established provider of […]

Statement on personal protective equipment concerns

Donna Hutton, photo credit, Natasha Hirst   Statement given to the BBC on Friday 3 April, 2020. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru Wales head of health said, “Front-line staff across Wales in the health service, social care and elsewhere, have been desperate to receive the right personal protective equipment for their job and for definitive guidance […]

Healthcare workers and carers need personal protective equipment to safely go about their work

Health and care staff across Wales are extremely concerned about the provision of personal protective equipment

UNISON response to Welsh Government announcement on personal protective equipment

UNISON has been in ongoing discussion to ensure there is a sufficient supply of appropriate PPE to frontline healthcare workers across both the NHS and social care sector

UNISON: Powys Council social work changes divisive

Powys County Council’s announcement that it intends to boost the salaries of a select few social workers by £3,000 has backfired causing widespread resentment amongst employees

Public service workers comment on Welsh government budget

For the first time in recent memory, public service workers will breathe a sigh of relief that for once, the headlines will not be about further service cuts and job losses

Healthcare workers help bring story of loss to the theatre

Healthcare workers are helping to bring a tragic story of loss to the theatre after agreeing to be a sponsor of Welsh writer Philippa Davies’ play about the devastating effects of stillbirth on a family. Dancing in the Wings will premier at Theatre Clwyd in Mold on 27 February before transferring to The Forum Studio […]

UNISON comment on Royal Glamorgan

Responding to proposals to downgrade Royal Glamorgan’s Accident and Emergency department, Ian Cathrew, UNISON Cwm Taf Morgannwg branch chair, said, “UNISON is completely opposed to any withdrawal of emergency department services from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. The people of Cwm Taf Morgannwg deserve a world-class National Health Service and there must be no reduction in […]