Press releases

Double blow threatens future of Welsh careers service

  The organisation providing careers advice for people of all ages across Wales has been hit by a double blow which UNISON says threatens its future and with it, the provision of high quality support to students and adults seeking employment. Careers Wales, which is owned by the Welsh government, is already reeling from a […]

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‘Choose Well’ and think before using the emergency medical care service today

UNISON Cymru Wales is today (12th January) calling for the people of Wales to ‘prepare well’ and ‘choose well’ ahead of the rain, gales and snow we are expecting imminently. As the largest trade union within the NHS in Wales, UNISON represents staff across the emergency medical care service including the Welsh Ambulance Service and […]

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UNISON Cymru statement on the pressures on our hospitals

Head of health Donna Hutton yesterday issued the following statement on the current pressure on the NHS and particularly A&E departments across Wales. “Our health services are under great pressures now – as people fall ill in the colder weather and the fact that we have an aging population which requires more care. Staff in […]

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Prime Minister ‘missing the point’ on mental health

  Reacting to Prime Minister’s scheduled announcement on mental health today, UNISON Cymru/Wales accused the Government of lacking a comprehensive strategy to improve mental health services for the whole of society. The trade union said Theresa May was blind to the fact that the Conservative government’s own policies have had a detrimental effect on many […]

Overwhelming vote for strike action at ABMU hospitals

UNISON has today announced that staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units and the x-ray departments have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. Hospital workers at Morriston, Singleton, Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals are infuriated their claim for pay parity with colleagues […]

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UNISON urges patients to ‘Choose Well’ in campaign launch at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Porters, hospital chefs and laboratory staff will today (14th December 2016) launch UNISON Cymru Wales’ winter Choose Well awareness campaign. The Choose Well campaign aims to help people in Wales who are unwell to get the best level of support and assistance. Many people, especially in winter, think that when they are unwell they need […]

Final push to improve budget

  UNISON will today (30 November), present its petition, to a Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee, calling for fair funding of local government. The union has collected signatures from council workers across the length and breadth Wales to pressurise the Welsh Government, as it finalises its budget today, to give the country the public services it […]

Landmark award at Swansea council

  Public sector union UNISON, is today (18 November), celebrating a landmark decision by the City and County of Swansea Council to improve holiday pay for hundreds of frontline local government employees. Following concerted pressure from the union, the council has conceded that holiday pay should be calculated on the basis of all earnings and […]

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Welsh youth work in crisis

A major conference organised by campaigning public services union UNISON, will today (18 November) be told that mass closures of youth centres across Wales means we are failing a generation of young people. The trade union has revealed spending by Welsh local authorities on youth services in the last four years has been cut by […]

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UNISON defends libraries in Neath Port Talbot

UNISON has issued a rallying cry to protect the future of libraries across Neath Port Talbot (NPT) as well as the Cefn Coed museum. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is consulting on its 2017/18 budget and the cabinet is thought to be considering where spending can be cut. This Saturday (12 November) at 10am, […]

24,000 local government jobs lost – UNISON report

UNISON Cymru/Wales, the largest public sector trade union in Wales, is today launching a report which investigates the impact of austerity on local government in Wales. The report is being launched at the WLGA conference taking place in Cardiff. The report has been drafted in response to the ongoing financial pressure on local government services, […]

Councils not paying the price for care

The BBC is this morning reporting that nine out of 10 councils in the UK are not paying ‘realistic prices’ to support older and disabled people in their own homes. The UK Home Care Association calculated the minimum price councils should be paying was £16.70 per hour, but the average was over £2 less. UNISON […]

Aberfan disaster anniversary marked

The fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan tragedy has been marked by UNISON staff and members working in public services across Wales. Margaret Thomas, UNISON Regional Secretary said, “Wales stands united in remembering those who lost their lives and their families. Any death is a tragedy, but a child’s death holds a particular poignancy and our […]

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Management consultant milks public purse

  Last night viewers of BBC2 documentary ‘Who’s spending our billions?’ heard Welsh councils were spending millions of pounds on management consultants to advise on cutting jobs and local public services. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was reported as receiving additional bonus payments tied to the number of people councils would eventually sack. To date the company was […]

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Give Wales the public services it deserves

Public service workers from across the country gather at the Senedd today at 12.30pm to tell politicians that local services are under such severe strain their future is threatened. Members of UNISON will make the case for fair funding for Wales and investment in the quality public services our communities deserve. The union’s mass lobby […]