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 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 […]

UNISON responds to Education Secretary’s announcement

Responding to Cabinet Secretary Kirsty Williams AM’s announcement today of a new fund to cut infant class sizes, Jess Turner, UNISON Cymru organiser for schools said, “Classroom based support staff really welcome this news. Smaller classes reduce workload and give support workers more time with pupils and this more personalised support helps to tackle inequalities. UNISON […]

Strikes announced at ABMU hospitals

  UNISON has today (Tuesday) announced that staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units will take strike action on Wednesday 25 January and Wednesday 1 February 2017. Non-emergency surgery is likely to be severely disrupted. 96 per cent of participating staff in the hospital sterilisation and […]

Double blow threatens future of Welsh careers service

  The organisation providing careers advice for people of all ages across Wales has been hit by a double blow which UNISON says threatens its future and with it, the provision of high quality support to students and adults seeking employment. Careers Wales, which is owned by the Welsh government, is already reeling from a […]

‘Choose Well’ and think before using the emergency medical care service today

UNISON Cymru Wales is today (12th January) calling for the people of Wales to ‘prepare well’ and ‘choose well’ ahead of the rain, gales and snow we are expecting imminently. As the largest trade union within the NHS in Wales, UNISON represents staff across the emergency medical care service including the Welsh Ambulance Service and […]

UNISON Cymru statement on the pressures on our hospitals

Head of health Donna Hutton yesterday issued the following statement on the current pressure on the NHS and particularly A&E departments across Wales. “Our health services are under great pressures now – as people fall ill in the colder weather and the fact that we have an aging population which requires more care. Staff in […]

Prime Minister ‘missing the point’ on mental health

  Reacting to Prime Minister’s scheduled announcement on mental health today, UNISON Cymru/Wales accused the Government of lacking a comprehensive strategy to improve mental health services for the whole of society. The trade union said Theresa May was blind to the fact that the Conservative government’s own policies have had a detrimental effect on many […]

Overwhelming vote for strike action at ABMU hospitals

UNISON has today announced that staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units and the x-ray departments have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. Hospital workers at Morriston, Singleton, Neath Port Talbot and Princess of Wales hospitals are infuriated their claim for pay parity with colleagues […]

UNISON urges patients to ‘Choose Well’ in campaign launch at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Porters, hospital chefs and laboratory staff will today (14th December 2016) launch UNISON Cymru Wales’ winter Choose Well awareness campaign. The Choose Well campaign aims to help people in Wales who are unwell to get the best level of support and assistance. Many people, especially in winter, think that when they are unwell they need […]

Final push to improve budget

  UNISON will today (30 November), present its petition, to a Welsh Assembly Petitions Committee, calling for fair funding of local government. The union has collected signatures from council workers across the length and breadth Wales to pressurise the Welsh Government, as it finalises its budget today, to give the country the public services it […]

Landmark award at Swansea council

  Public sector union UNISON, is today (18 November), celebrating a landmark decision by the City and County of Swansea Council to improve holiday pay for hundreds of frontline local government employees. Following concerted pressure from the union, the council has conceded that holiday pay should be calculated on the basis of all earnings and […]

Welsh youth work in crisis

A major conference organised by campaigning public services union UNISON, will today (18 November) be told that mass closures of youth centres across Wales means we are failing a generation of young people. The trade union has revealed spending by Welsh local authorities on youth services in the last four years has been cut by […]