Time to fix a broken care system

As Welsh government, care employers and trade unions meet today (Friday) to finalise preparations for the new Social Care Forum, UNISON has said it is time to show frontline care workers they are valued and pay them what they are worth

Right that all staff in care to receive Covid payment, says UNISON

Welcoming the announcement today from First Minister Mark Drakeford that all staff employed in social care – including kitchen and cleaning staff – are to receive a £500 payment, UNISON Wales lead for care Mark Turner said: “This is great news for low-paid care workers across Wales. There had been concern that some staff not involved […]

Care workers allocated inadequate home-made protective equipment

Daily reports from care staff to UNISON complain at the inadequacy of the equipment provided

Care workers desperate for fair access to supermarkets

Social care workers across Wales have welcomed the introduction of a card which will allow them to access supermarkets during the allocated opening hours for health service staff

UNISON: Powys Council social work changes divisive

Powys County Council’s announcement that it intends to boost the salaries of a select few social workers by £3,000 has backfired causing widespread resentment amongst employees

Poor wages mean GP surgery staff ‘forgotten people of NHS’

Receptionists and administrators in GP surgeries are not covered by NHS pay bargaining and endure very low wages

Hospital staff celebrate anniversary of successful dispute

Healthcare workers organised by UNISON are today (Thursday) celebrating the one year anniversary of a landmark industrial dispute that delivered pay increases of between £500 and £2,000 for those involved at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU). For three years, workers in the sterilisation and […]

UNISON responds to collapse of Carillion

Responding to the collapse of Carillion, Mark Turner, UNISON Cymru Wales lead official on private contractors said, “The demise of Carillion (and the collapse of Southern Cross before that), shows claims made about outsourcing – that the private sector is more efficient, effective and there is a transfer of risk – are a complete myth. […]

Hospital workers win bumper pay award

  Healthcare workers in the sterilisation and disinfection units at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals have accepted the health board’s proposals to boost pay rates by up to £1,900, bringing to a close a two month industrial dispute. UNISON had argued that staff at the Morriston, Singleton and Princess of Wales hospitals were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]