Press releases

Welsh universities survive on zero hours and agency staff

UNISON today publishes a report which reveals the extent to which Welsh universities use zero hours contracts and are reliant on temporary agency workers. The report lays bare the shocking truth about how these public institutions, which help drive the Welsh economy, treat their own workforce. The union has recently drawn attention to the super-rich […]

UNISON report demolishes the case for outsourcing

Public services union, UNISON, has called upon expert evidence to effectively demolish Pembrokeshire County Council’s case to transfer leisure services to a charitable trust. In a hard-hitting response to the council’s consultation, the union has stated there is a lack of evidence that the new proposal will be cheaper or more effective and the loss […]

UNISON calls for fraud investigation

UNISON Cymru/Wales has today revealed that employees at homecare companies contracted by the City and County of Swansea council and a neighbouring council were instructed to by their employer not to stay the full length of time with the client that is stipulated on the client care plan. UNISON has suggested this deliberate breach was […]

Cardiff Butetown event remembers the slave trade

UNISON Cymru/Wales black members will commemorate the abolition of the slave trade on Tuesday 23 August at 18.30 at the Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff. Welsh Government’s anti-human trafficking co-ordinator Stephen Chapman will join members of the community for a ceremony organised by UNISON to mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and […]

UNISON urges government to end national scandal over homecare minimum wage cheats    

Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON today (Thursday). The union is urging the government to end the systematic underpayment that it […]

Miami Five Freedom Tour Hits Cardiff

  The Cardiff public will be able to hear first-hand this week from two Cuban patriots who spent 16 years in US jails for trying to stop terrorist attacks on Cuba. Public services trade union, UNISON Cymru/Wales will host a meeting at 12pm at Cardiff City Hall on Fri 15 July where the guests of […]

UNISON Inaugural Health Awards

UNISON Cymru/Wales will hold its first NHS Awards today (Wednesday 6 July), at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Cardiff at 6.30pm. The union will celebrate the individual contributions of healthcare workers at a gala dinner in the company of Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething AM, Dawn Bowden AM and senior UK officials from the million-strong public […]

UNISON Inaugural Health Awards

UNISON Cymru/Wales will hold its first NHS Awards on Wednesday 6 July at the Raddison Blu Hotel, Cardiff at 7pm. The union will celebrate the individual contributions of healthcare workers at a gala dinner in the company of Welsh Health minister Vaughan Gething AM, Dawn Bowden AM and senior UK officials from the million-strong public […]

UNISON Cymru/Wales on the vote to leave the EU

Commenting on the news that the UK has voted to leave the EU, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis, said “The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe. “We will be working in the coming weeks and months to hold the leave campaigners to […]

Welsh language jobs uncertainty

UNISON Cymru/Wales has called on Welsh Government Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language to intervene with organisations involved in the tendering of Welsh Language for Adults learning services. Welsh Government awarded the role of commissioning Welsh Language for Adults to the National Centre for Learning Welsh. Staff members involved in delivering the courses are […]

Young Welsh people urged ‘Vote Remain and protect your rights’

Young workers’ future standard of living could be damaged if we leave the EU, say members at Wales’ largest trade union, UNISON. Timothy Burke, Chair of UNISON Cymru/Wales Young Members said, “It’s vital that young workers vote in the EU Referendum. A vote to leave would be disastrous for workers’ rights and young workers would […]

UNISON welcomes new Health and Social Services Ministers

Campaigning public services union, UNISON Cymru/Wales, has given a warm welcome to the appointment of Vaughan Gething AM as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport and Rebecca Evans AM as Minister for Social Services and Public Health. UNISON had a positive working relationship with the last Labour Welsh Government and with outgoing Health Minister […]

RCT council condemns secret trade deal

UNISON congratulates Rhondda Cynon Taf council on TTIP motion

UNISON launches campaign to take a stand against attacks on health service

The union sets out to highlight how ‘lazy political hits’ damage morale and the relationship of trust between patients and staff (Cymru/Wales)

New era for school support staff in Wales

All learning support staff in Wales must now be registered with the Education Workforce Council