Press releases

National celebration for stars in our schools

Politicians and head teachers will attend events in schools across Wales today (Friday) to praise the hard work of school support staff. The unsung heroes, teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are part of the whole education team which makes our schools the success they are. Assembly Members Dawn Bowden and Jane Hutt […]

Theresa May must deliver for struggling families

  UNISON Cymru Wales says the pressure is on Theresa May to show her government really is driven to support ‘just-about-managing families’, in the budget on Wednesday. The trade union has identified investment in public services and public service workers as priorities for government action this week. Public service workers have been subjected to seven […]

Fresh push for ‘real’ living wage across Wales

UNISON Cymru Wales has challenged Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford AM to make Wales a ‘real’ Living Wage nation where every public service worker earns at least £8.75 per hour. The trade union has today (Wednesday) written an open letter to the minister urging him to provide the extra funding to lift thousands of council workers […]

Major conference on future of social housing in Wales

Social housing experts, residents, workers and community campaigners will gather today (Thursday) for a landmark conference in Cardiff to discuss the future of social housing in Wales.   UNISON has convened the first conference of its kind in Wales against the backdrop of the Grenfell disaster in what it is describing as a critical time […]

Minister faces public challenge

For immediate release: Saturday 4 November 2017 Barry today (Saturday), hosted its biggest political rally in a decade as public services union, UNISON, brought hundreds of people to the constituency seat of the Secretary of State for Wales. King’s Square was awash with colour, placards, banners and flags as families crowded to hear public services […]

Alun Cairns failing to represent Wales’ interests

  Hundreds of public service workers and their families from across Wales will descend on Barry this Saturday (4 November), for a rally and march in the constituency seat of Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP. The protest, organised by UNISON, will accuse the minster of not standing up for the people of […]

Conwy demonstration for public services – Monday 6 September

CALLING NOTICE UNISON Cymru Wales has called a #SaveOurServices rally in the constituency seat of Guto Bebb, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, on Monday 6 November, assembling at 12pm Lancaster Square, Conwy. Hundreds of public service workers will gather to hear Margaret Thomas UNISON regional secretary argue Guto Bebb is not standing up […]

Mass rally in Barry – Saturday 4 November

CALLING NOTICE MASS RALLY IN BARRY – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER UNISON Cymru Wales has called an all-Wales #SaveOurServices rally in the constituency seat of the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, on Saturday 4 November, assembling at 12pm King’s Square, Barry. Hundreds of people are expected for a loud and colourful demonstration. Confirmed speakers […]

UNISON comment on supply teaching project

Commenting on the announcement of a £2.7m supply teacher project, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru Wales lead on schools said,   “It’s sensible for the Welsh government to consider the implications of teacher absence on learning but it’s disappointing there is no mention of the vital role of support staff.   “Support staff make up fifty […]

Save our services lobby of Welsh government

Public service workers from across the country gather at the Senedd tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12pm to tell politicians that local public services will disappear completely without a serious injection of cash from the Welsh government.   UNISON’s mass lobby comes ahead of Welsh Government’s announcement of its draft 2018-19 budget proposals later in the afternoon. […]

‘Budget fails to protect local services’, says UNISON

UNISON has today criticised the Welsh government’s budget for local authority spending as wholly inadequate. The trade union has warned thousands of jobs will be lost and local public services will be reduced or disappear completely because councils are under severe financial pressure. UNISON also blasted Welsh government’s failure to fund the implement of the […]

UNISON: ‘WALES NEEDS BETTER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES’

Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru Wales, will today (Tuesday), convene a landmark conference to discuss what mental health services in Wales should look like in the future and how employers can work with trades unions to better support affected employees. The first conference of its kind ever held by a trades union in Wales, […]

All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say health unions

  NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of […]

Public services in Neath Port Talbot at crisis point

High profile Neath Port Talbot politicians will gather at the council’s offices tomorrow (Friday) for a ‘Question Time’ style event with all the employees of the local authority.  UNISON’s local branch has organised the session and the trade union said focus will be on the damage being wrought by severe UK government spending cuts on […]

Robin Hood Tax would deliver millions for Welsh councils

An innovative tax on business financial transactions could deliver millions of pounds for cash-strapped Welsh councils, according to UNISON Cymru Wales. The trade union is today (Wednesday) urging local authorities to join the campaign for a Robin Hood Tax, which could provide much-needed funds for vital community services. UNISON says that public services such as […]