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Labour group promises ethical care in Swansea

Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru/Wales today (Wednesday) celebrates securing a landmark agreement with Swansea Labour group which would see the implementation of an ethical care charter – the first of its kind in Wales, if Labour wins control of the council in the May local elections. At a public event outside Swansea Guildhall this […]

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University South Wales protest: ‘Hands off our nursery’

Public services union, UNISON is urging the University of South Wales to reverse its decision to close its crèche facilities. Today (Wednesday), university staff, students, members of the public and their children will attend a protest rally at the Treforest campus at 10am. They will argue closure of the play centre will impact negatively on […]

Trinity St David university seeks mass redundancies

The University of Wales, Trinity St David has written to all teaching and support members of staff asking them to consider voluntary redundancy. Although, a target number of applicants has not been publicised, UNISON says the university hopes to make savings of around ten percent across its expenditure. It would be reasonable to assume compulsory […]

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Private care system is rotten

Private care companies routinely flout even basic employment protections because they think they are above the law, according to UNISON. The trade union has recently won eight cases against a care provider in the Gwent region where it was easy to establish the minimum wage was not being paid. Each care worker received compensation from […]

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Fears of job losses at University of South Wales

University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch press release The University of South Wales Group UNISON Branch have today been informed of the scale and shape of the cuts being proposed by the University as it reviews its shape and size under financial pressures. The University which has campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport has […]

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Pay recommendations for NHS Wales published

  Reacting to the news that Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething AM has accepted the recommendations of the National Health Service Pay Review Body, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health Donna Hutton said, “The decision of the UK government to cap pay rises at a meagre one per cent has left a bitter taste in the […]

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Tribunal rules unfairly dismissed nurse must be re-engaged

A nurse who was sacked for frequent short-term sickness absence during a period when she was suffering domestic abuse is to be re-engaged following the intervention of her trade union, UNISON and law firm Thompsons. An employment tribunal has ruled that Cardiff and Vale University Health Board acted unfairly in dismissing Karen Allen-Powlett; that she […]

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EU nationals in Wales should be protected

  Reacting to last night’s vote by Members of Parliament to overturn amendments aimed at guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK, Margaret Thomas, UNISON Cymru Regional Secretary said, “It’s a disgrace that the government is using EU nationals living and working here and contributing so much to our society, as negotiating chips. […]

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Hospital workers win bumper pay award

  Healthcare workers in the sterilisation and disinfection units at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals have accepted the health board’s proposals to boost pay rates by up to £1,900, bringing to a close a two month industrial dispute. UNISON had argued that staff at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals were […]

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Emergency ambulance attacked

Responding to news that a Welsh emergency ambulance was targeted by rugby fans on Friday evening, Darron Dupre, Ambulance lead for UNISON in Wales, said, “It is beyond belief that an emergency ambulance containing a highly experienced crew dedicated to supporting the rugby crowds last Friday was targeted by a reckless individual throwing a beer […]

Council Labour group to support Living Wage and end outsourcing

  Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru/Wales today (Monday) celebrates securing a landmark agreement with Carmarthenshire Labour group which would see the introduction of a Living Wage of £8.45 per hour for all council employees, if Labour wins control of the council in the May local elections. At a public event outside County Hall this […]

Council to pay thousands to unfairly sacked worker

An employment tribunal has forced Carmarthenshire County Council to pay tens of thousands of pounds in compensation after concluding it unfairly dismissed an employee working at Pembrey Country Park. Ski centre co-ordinator Eirian Morris was found to have been unlawfully treated when he was made redundant and supported by his trade union, UNISON and law […]

Careers service strategy in chaos

Sixty jobs are to be axed at Careers Wales despite the fact the organisation is in the running to deliver a landmark training scheme next year. Public services union, UNISON, has described Welsh government’s careers services funding strategy as a mess. The trade union has warned shedding so many jobs would seriously undermine the quality […]

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ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]

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ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]