Press releases

UNISON comment on Hywel Dda changes

Healthcare workers frustrated by the current system. Logjam discharging patients and bed-blocking

University plans for second-class employees

University of South Wales has announced new members of staff will not be directly employed by the institution and will receive inferior pensions

Council ultimatum to staff: sign new contract or be sacked

Gwynedd council has taken the extraordinary step of writing to staff threatening them with the sack if they do not accept lesser employment conditions

Youth service provision to be slashed in the Vale

Councillors considering reducing the universal access team of 48 youth officers to just 9 staff and closing Llantwit Major youth centre

UNISON Wales: ‘Public service workplaces are sexist’

  Female employees in Welsh councils, NHS and other public services, experience sexism at work as an everyday occurrence. That’s the stark message from UNISON Cymru Wales which asked members, 100 years after women won the vote, if equality in the workplace has been achieved. According to 70 per cent of respondents, the answer was […]

Public let down by care system

The Welsh care system is in crisis and those receiving residential care are not getting the levels of support they need. That’s the message from the trade union representing care workers, who in turn suffer in-work poverty. UNISON Cymru Wales will today (Wednesday), publish a best practice charter for residential care at the Senedd which […]

Solidarity message to striking UCU members

UNISON Cymru Wales has sent a solidarity message to UCU members striking at some Welsh universities this week. Dan Beard from UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive said, “UNISON Cymru Wales members give a warm message of solidarity to UCU members striking in defence of your right to a decent pension. “Yours is a critical […]

UNISON endorses Julie Morgan for Welsh Labour deputy

UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Forum has endorsed Julie Morgan AM in her bid to become Welsh Labour deputy leader. The popular Cardiff Assembly Member secured the endorsement at a recent UNISON meeting in Llandudno. Each candidate vying to be deputy (or their representative) was invited to address the audience of healthcare workers, local authority […]

Tribunal awards University of South Wales’ cleaners thousands

Photo: Cleaners victorious outside Cardiff Magistrates court. Credit: Seb Cooke Cleaners working at the University of South Wales have won thousands of pounds compensation for unlawful deduction of wages dating back eleven months. The nine women, supported by their trade union, UNISON, are employed by KGB Cleaning to clean the university’s campus in the Atrium […]

Hospital staff celebrate anniversary of successful dispute

Healthcare workers organised by UNISON are today (Thursday) celebrating the one year anniversary of a landmark industrial dispute that delivered pay increases of between £500 and £2,000 for those involved at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU). For three years, workers in the sterilisation and […]

UNISON: Wales has social care ‘on the cheap’

Responding to the publication of the Older People’s Commissioner’s report ‘A Place to Call Home’, Andy Rutherford, UNISON lead organiser for social care said, “The report has shone a welcome light on the desperate situation in social care. Overstretched resources mean those receiving care are not getting the level of support they need. At the […]

UNISON: ‘Leisure privatisation betrays people of Swansea’

UNISON has revealed Swansea council is to privatise leisure services, reneging on a clear promise to staff this would not happen. The trade union said local authority officials have shortlisted three private contractors to run Morriston, Penlan and Penyrheol sports centres. UNISON has warned privatisation is a terrible error which will damage the quality of […]

Grinch visits prominent Welsh MPs

Four prominent Welsh Conservative MPs will receive visits from groups of Grinch lookalikes this week. Public service workers angry at the UK government’s continued seven-year pay cap will invoke the fictional character who famously wanted to ruin Christmas time. They will warn the MPs not to “steal our pay rise.” Healthcare and local authority staff […]

UNISON urges MPs: ‘stick up for your communities’

UNISON Cymru Wales has written to all Conservative MPs urging them to attend a debate in Parliament this afternoon (Monday) on the trade union’s petition to end the seven-year public sector pay cap. The petition has been signed by thousands of people and UNISON has said MPs must stand up for the communities they have […]

Welsh Rugby Union condemns violence against women

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), has thrown its weight behind a campaign to stop violence against women. The guardian of the sport in Wales has joined a UNISON initiative to publicise White Ribbon, a charity which addresses men directly so they understand the scale of the problem, and become part of the solution, alongside women. […]