Press releases

Protest march to save university creche

  Parents and nursery workers will hold a demonstration in Pontypridd at 11.30am this Saturday (6 May), to protest against University of South Wales’ (USW) decision to close its crèche facilities. UNISON says closing the play centre will impact negatively on all parts of the university community and the wider area. The trade union has […]

Low paid carers win annual leave boost

Holiday pay for carers, highways maintenance staff and others employed by Caerphilly council will be significantly boosted following discussions with the trades unions. The landmark agreement means low paid carers and others will receive annual leave payments that properly reflect their regular earnings and are no longer financially penalised during holiday periods. In some cases, […]

Ambulance workers remember fallen comrades

  Ambulance workers across Wales will today (Friday) mark the one year anniversary of the collision of two ambulances which resulted in the death of ambulance driver John Clift and seriously injured two colleagues. On 28 April 2016, his patient transport vehicle collided with an urgent care ambulance on the A499 near Pwllheli. Ambulance staff, […]

Pembrokeshire commemorates Workers’ Memorial Day

Trade union members across the country, including from UNISON Cymru/Wales, will this week be commemorating Workers’ Memorial Day and those who have lost their lives at work. The annual event held on 28 April sees workers, their families and representatives around the world marking the day with the rallying cry “remember the dead, but fight […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]