Press releases

UNISON writes to Prime Minister: “Do the right thing on Welsh care workers’ bonus”

Public services union UNISON Cymru Wales has today (Thursday), written to the Prime Minister, asking him to do the right thing for Welsh care workers by allowing them to keep a pandemic bonus in full.

Huge community and staff effort saved Royal Glamorgan A&E

Responding to the announcement that the threatened Accident and Emergency Department at the Royal Glamorgan hospital is to remain fully-operational, healthcare workers union, UNISON has praised the unified community campaign which brought local people, hospital staff, unions and politicians together. Sarah Davies, Cwm Taf Morgannwg health branch chair, said, “Saving the Royal Glamorgan A&E is […]

Thousands of schools support staff across Wales believe schools should remain closed until September

Over 70% of school support staff across Wales believe opening schools June 29th is too soon, says the results of a UNISON survey

UNISON opposes reopening of schools 29 June and calls on Minister to urgently review timescale

Following full consideration of Welsh Government’s Keep Education Safe: Operational guidance for schools and settings UNISON is in strong opposition to widening access to schools from 29 June and has called for the Minister to urgently review her decision

UNISON: Not enough time for schools to safely prepare for re-opening

Welsh government guidance published today on the safe reopening of schools does not provide enough lead in time for schools to safely manage the risk of the further spread of Covid-19, says UNISON.

Right that all staff in care to receive Covid payment, says UNISON

Welcoming the announcement today from First Minister Mark Drakeford that all staff employed in social care – including kitchen and cleaning staff – are to receive a £500 payment, UNISON Wales lead for care Mark Turner said: “This is great news for low-paid care workers across Wales. There had been concern that some staff not involved […]

All schools staff to be included in antibody testing strategy following UNISON intervention

The Welsh Education Minister has clarified that all school staff will be prioritised for antibody testing as part of the strategy for schools following UNISON intervention

Re-opening of schools is not as simple as safe classrooms, says UNISON

The Welsh Government Education Minister has maintained the importance of being guided by science when considering how schools should open, and it is essential this remains a priority for the next stage of the response to Covid-19, says Wales’ biggest public sector trade union. Rosie Lewis, UNISON Wales school support staff lead, said: “Teaching assistants, […]

All schools’ workforce must be included in antibody testing strategy, says UNISON

In response to the Education Minister’s announcement of an antibody testing strategy which prioritises teaching staff, Rosie Lewis, UNISON organiser and schools lead, said: “UNISON has continued to be involved and engaged in discussions with the Welsh Government about the reopening of schools. “Health and safety remains critically important throughout this ongoing crisis. With this […]

“Include us in Covid planning”, school support staff urge Kirsty Williams

UNISON Cymru Wales urged the Minister not to overlook the views of the thousands of support staff in planning for schools to re-open to all students

Union offers Welsh care workers Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder training

Care workers affected by gruelling shifts caring for Covid-19 patients have been offered courses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by their trade union

UNISON welcomes £500 bonus for all care workers

Wales’ biggest public services trade union has warmly welcomed Welsh Government’s announcement today that all social care workers will be paid a £500 bonus in recognition of their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Care workers allocated inadequate home-made protective equipment

Daily reports from care staff to UNISON complain at the inadequacy of the equipment provided

Welsh council employers and unions: “Health Minister must urgently intervene to help care workers”

Local authority employers and trade union representatives are so concerned about the severe pressures facing social and home care providers and care workers, they have today (Friday) written to Health Minister Vaughan Gething requesting his urgent intervention

Care workers desperate for fair access to supermarkets

Social care workers across Wales have welcomed the introduction of a card which will allow them to access supermarkets during the allocated opening hours for health service staff