Press releases

UNISON: “Welsh council workers feel patronised by UK government”

A Welsh trade union has today (Tuesday) criticised a 1.5 per cent pay offer for thousands of council workers here as insufficient.

UNISON: Extend Covid thank you bonus to all council workers

Many low paid, mainly female public service workers in Wales, are hundreds of pounds worse off because of the costs of working from home

Welsh public service workers donate £12,000 to Cuban Covid hospitals

Cuban hospitals and medical staff fighting Covid are to benefit from a £12,000 donation from Welsh public service workers. The money has been used to buy surplus medical personal protective equipment (PPE), which will be shipped to Havana from the UK today (Tuesday). Healthcare employees, local government workers and other public service staff answered an […]

NHS Wales workers appeal for public support on pay, says UNISON  

Health workers across Wales are appealing to the public this week to back their campaign so NHS staff can receive a proper pay rise before the summer

73% of public want Welsh government to do more to tackle child poverty

Karen Loughlin, UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary 73 per cent of the Welsh public believe the Welsh government should do more to lift children out of poverty. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Friday). The poll was commissioned by public services union, UNISON Cymru Wales, which has made […]

Welsh opinion poll results: Ban companies from public contracts if they use zero hours

70 per cent of the Welsh public believe companies receiving public money should not be allowed to hire staff on zero-hour contracts. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Friday). The poll, commissioned by public services union, UNISON, also found Welsh people want the next Senedd government to improve […]

72 per cent of Welsh public would support a National Care Service

72 per cent of the Welsh public would support the creation of a National Care Service, similar to the NHS, to deliver social care for older, disabled and vulnerable people. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Wednesday). The poll, commissioned by public services union, UNISON, also found 90 […]

Illustrators to get creative to back NHS pay poster campaign

Posters designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection of artwork that households across the UK are being urged to display this week to show support for a proper pay rise for NHS staff

Top poet to perform for Welsh school support staff

All school support staff in Wales are being offered the opportunity to watch a special virtual performance from one of Britain’s best-loved poets, John Agard, this Saturday (27 March)

Neath Port Talbot Council must run leisure services directly, says UNISON

Neath Port Talbot Council workers are calling on the local authority to take direct control of local leisure services to ensure the community has the best possible facilities as they emerge from lockdown

Supreme Court judgement means Welsh government must act to protect care workers

UNISON Cymru Wales says thousands of mainly female, low-paid care workers here will be bitterly disappointed at the judgement and there is an onus on Welsh ministers to urgently guarantee all care workers will be paid the national minimum wage for sleep-in shifts.

Pandemic bonus for NHS and care staff is ‘timely boost for worn-out workers’, says UNISON Cymru Wales

UNISON Cymru Wales has welcomed the bonus payment announced today (Wednesday) by health and social services minister, Vaughan Gething, as a timely boost for worn-out NHS staff and care workers.

Recruitment pledges must be backed by decent wage rise if NHS is to thrive, says UNISON

Paying staff properly is a vital part of building the NHS for the future, says UNISON as it calls on the public to protest ​this evening (Thursday) about the government’s “pitiful” wage offer. Plans to recruit more staff are not enough to protect the health system and will only have an effect if experienced staff are also […]

Let’s call the UK government out on pay with handclap protest, says UNISON

People are being asked to stand on their doorsteps and balconies tonight (Thursday) to slow handclap the government over its proposal for a 1% pay rise for NHS staff. The public action – backed by UNISON, health unions and the TUC – is the latest step in the campaign to achieve fair pay for health workers who have worked tirelessly to keep the […]

UNISON Cymru Wales: Police staff should be given vaccine as priority

A trade union representing thousands of police and community support officers and police staff has spoken of its disappointment that key public service workers are not to be given priority status in the next round of vaccinations.