Austerity cuts put local democracy at risk

UNISON Cymru/Wales warns that austerity cuts are damaging our public services and threatening to undermine local democracy

Councils and unions lobby Parliament over fair funding for Wales

Five years of austerity have ‘inflicted long-term damage ‘on Welsh communities

UNISON calls for constructive engagement on new council map

Staff that provide our valued local services must be placed at the heart of considerations

Thousands sign petition to protect Vale of Glamorgan libraries

UNISON will submit thousands of signatures from across the Vale of Glamorgan to the local council in a bid to protect library services. Library services across the Vale of Glamorgan have come under threat as a result of budget constraints. Council proposals include redycung opening hours, cutting staff numbers, and a call to community groups […]

Vale of Glamorgan council slated over library announcement

UNISON has criticised the Vale of Glamorgan council for publishing misleading information about the future of the authority’s library services

UNISON urges Betsi Cadwaladr health board to withdraw maternity unit closure plans

UNISON has called on Besti Cadwaladr University Health Board to withdraw their plans to close a consultant-led maternity unit

Merthyr Tydfil council bypasses unions and asks staff to agree to pay cuts

Trades unions are disappointed that the chief executive of Merthyr council has bypassed trade unions and sent a message out to almost half of the council’s workers asking them to accept large cuts in pay to plug budget gaps caused by the UK government’s austerity agenda. Intensive talks between the joint trades unions – UNISON, GMB and UNITE – and […]

Celebrate your local library on National Libraries Day

‘Express your love of libraries’ and stand behind library staff this Saturday, on National Libraries Day

UNISON highlights double whammy effect of austerity and local government reorganisation in Wales

In response to the release of  Welsh public services minister Leighton Andrews’ consultation, Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of local government Dominic MacAskill said: “There is a general consensus across Wales that council restructuring is both necessary and inevitable. “However, despite the fact that this debate has been ongoing for some […]

UNISON calls on Caerphilly council to withdraw ‘buy out’ plans

UNISON has called on Caerphilly council to withdraw a report outlining plans to ‘buy out’ essential car user allowances and annual leave currently afforded to chief officers at the council. UNISON believes that the plans would allow chief officers to be treated more favourably compared to all other council staff. The changes are to be […]

Wales’ only rainforest faces the chop

A petition has been launched to defend Plantasia, Wales’ only rainforest, against plans for closure

UNISON anger at Cardiff council’s savage budget proposals

UNISON members at Cardiff council have responded angrily to budget proposals being put out to consultation by the council. UNISON believes that if the council continues with their destructive policies, public services in the city will be beyond repair. The council are also expecting the workforce to pay for some of the deficit through further erosion of […]

UNISON welcomes Caerphilly council’s commitment to in-house services

UNISON welcomes recommendation from scrutiny committee at Caerphilly council to utlise in-house services to progress plans for Oakdale secondary school