UNISON opposes reopening of schools 29 June and calls on Minister to urgently review timescale

Following full consideration of Welsh Government’s Keep Education Safe: Operational guidance for schools and settings UNISON is in strong opposition to widening access to schools from 29 June and has called for the Minister to urgently review her decision

UNISON: Not enough time for schools to safely prepare for re-opening

Welsh government guidance published today on the safe reopening of schools does not provide enough lead in time for schools to safely manage the risk of the further spread of Covid-19, says UNISON.

All schools staff to be included in antibody testing strategy following UNISON intervention

The Welsh Education Minister has clarified that all school staff will be prioritised for antibody testing as part of the strategy for schools following UNISON intervention

Re-opening of schools is not as simple as safe classrooms, says UNISON

The Welsh Government Education Minister has maintained the importance of being guided by science when considering how schools should open, and it is essential this remains a priority for the next stage of the response to Covid-19, says Wales’ biggest public sector trade union. Rosie Lewis, UNISON Wales school support staff lead, said: “Teaching assistants, […]

All schools’ workforce must be included in antibody testing strategy, says UNISON

In response to the Education Minister’s announcement of an antibody testing strategy which prioritises teaching staff, Rosie Lewis, UNISON organiser and schools lead, said: “UNISON has continued to be involved and engaged in discussions with the Welsh Government about the reopening of schools. “Health and safety remains critically important throughout this ongoing crisis. With this […]

Education minister’s glowing tribute to school support staff

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has delivered a glowing tribute to school support staff in a specially-recorded film released today

Torfaen’s Local Service Champions celebrated

Torfaen Council leader Anthony Hunt, today celebrated the contribution of members of the Torfaen’s social services in keeping vital services running for some of the most vulnerable people in society

Low paid female staff heaviest hit by school cuts

Each year, predominantly female low paid teaching assistants, cooks, cleaners, receptionists and more, are told by their school they must reduce their working hours or help make other savings if they wish to keep their jobs

National celebration for ‘Stars in our Schools’

In a major show of recognition, schools right across Wales will today (Friday) hold award ceremonies, special assemblies and coffee mornings to thank support staff for their commitment over the last year. Teaching assistants, administrators, caterers, midday supervisors and cleaners are often unsung heroes but are part of the whole education team which makes our […]

Aneurin Leisure dispute resolved by ‘people power’

Fabulous example shows if you haven’t had a pay rise in ages, you can do something about it by standing together with your workmates

Threat of strike action forces improved pay offer at Aneurin Leisure

Employer concedes much improved offer after massive vote for strike action

Overwhelming vote for strike action at Blaenau Gwent leisure centres, libraries and parks

Receptionists, caterers, lifeguards, librarians and others working for Aneurin Leisure Trust organised by UNISON voted by more than 88 per cent in favour of taking industrial action.

Strike ballot at Blaenau Gwent leisure centres, libraries and parks

Aneurin Bevan Leisure Trust staff in libraries, entertainment venues, parks and leisure centres across Blaenau Gwent are being balloted for strike action

Housing support workers: ‘Bron Afon stripped us of £15,000’

  Support workers at Bron Afon housing association will tomorrow (Thursday), escalate their industrial action by striking for a five-day period. Members of staff who help vulnerable Torfaen residents, will each lose more than £15,000 over the course of the five–year contract after the employer slashed wages by more than £3,000 per year. UNISON has […]

Bron Afon wage cut: staff desperate

  UNISON Cymru Wales representatives will meet with Bron Afon housing association today in a bid to resolve the increasingly bitter industrial dispute. Support workers walked out on Thursday (13 July) last week because the employer slashed their wages by more than £3,000. Discussions will be convened at the request of the trade union, ahead […]