Press releases

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 […]

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 […]

Care services safeguarded at Newport council

Newport care workers this week are celebrating the news that the City Council has decided not to outsource care services for older people. Public services union UNISON, ran a campaign to retain services in-house and it has described the decision as a victory for clients and employees. The trade feared outsourcing would undermine care standards […]

Strike back on at ABMU hospitals

  Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have described the health board’s pay offer as unsatisfactory and escalated their industrial action.  A 48-hour stoppage is scheduled for Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 February 2017. Non-emergency surgery is likely to be severely disrupted. Employees are infuriated […]

UNISON launches manifesto for strong Welsh communities

  Investing in public services and strengthening communities must be the priority for all political parties, according to a manifesto published today (Wednesday) by UNISON, ahead of the Welsh local elections. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis will join more than a hundred public service workers including carers, caretakers and refuse collectors outside Cardiff Central Library […]

Calling notice: Official launch UNISON Cymru/Wales manifesto

UNISON Cymru/Wales will officially launch its manifesto for the forthcoming local elections in Wales on Wednesday 15 February 2017, outside Cardiff Central Library, the Hayes at 12.30pm. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, will join over 100 local government workers and council candidates from across Wales for the event. Local government workers in their various uniforms […]

What have trade unions done for us?

  UNISON Cymru/Wales members will be taking to high streets and workplaces next week to celebrate the historic achievements of trade unions. UNISON members are participating in the UK-wide ‘I heart unions’ week of action organised by the TUC to show unions are responsible for winning landmark social change which has benefitted the whole nation. […]

Torfaen library services win reprieve

Concerted lobbying efforts by UNISON Torfaen County branch have removed the threat of reduced library services across the region this year. Torfaen County Borough councillors were so impressed by the trade union’s campaign and strength of public feeling they reversed a proposed £240,000 cut in the local libraries budget, which would have made fifteen people […]

Today is zero tolerance day to female genital mutilation

Today, Monday 6 February, is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Zero Tolerance Day and campaigning trade union UNISON Cymru/Wales, wants to see more being done to stop this barbaric, harmful mutilation of girls and women. As recently as 2014, the Wales FGM Forum reported more than 600 women are living with full or partially removed genitals […]

Pembrokeshire services to be saved from outsourcing

In a landmark political decision that will be noted by councils across Wales, Pembrokeshire County Council looks set to throw out plans to outsource local leisure services to a charitable trust. After dedicated campaigning by UNISON won over local politicians, all services are to remain under council control. In what is being described as a […]

Glaring omissions in education taskforce report

  Responding to Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams AM’s statement today on how school supply staff will be managed in future, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru organiser for schools said, “We believe that support staff make up to half of the supply workforce and they will feel the taskforce has completely ignored them with this announcement. To not […]

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 further discussion of the board’s latest offer. Mark Turner UNISON regional organiser said, “It is clear that the marvellous display of solidarity from our members last Wednesday […]

UNISON calls for action on Welsh care crisis

Public services union, UNISON, will today (Tuesday), warn local authorities that our care sector is in a state of crisis where overstretched resources deprive carers of any dignity at work. The trade union is visiting council offices across Wales to hand-deliver hundreds of postcards signed by members of the public concerned about the pay and […]

Striking workers lobby local Assembly Member

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have welcomed the invitation from local Assembly Member Mike Hedges to meet him this afternoon (Friday) to discuss their pay parity dispute with the health board. Employees were on strike on Wednesday, furious that after two years of […]

Healthcare workers on strike today at ABMU hospitals

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units are today (Wednesday) taking industrial action for 24 hours from midnight this morning. Non-emergency surgery is likely to be severely disrupted. A further period of 24-hour strike action is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 February 2017. 96 […]