Union political committee elects first black vice-chair

New vice chair Neelo Farr, seen 6th from the left, acting regional secretary Tanya Palmer, 7th from left, along with UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Committee colleagues


A powerful UNISON political committee for nearly 100,000 public service workers in Wales will have its first black vice-chair. Neath Port Talbot social worker, Neelo Farr, won election on the UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Committee which helps oversee the union’s political lobbying of Welsh government and Welsh local authorities.

The Committee is at the fore-front of UNISON’s campaigns for investment in quality public services and public service workers themselves. In November last year, the trade union revealed severe spending cuts driven by Westminster, have cost the jobs of 28,000 Welsh council workers since 2010.

Neelo Farr said,

“I am so proud to be elected as vice-chair of the UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link Committee. I want to thank the whole committee for giving me the opportunity to be the first black woman to hold such a position in 25 years of UNISON. I look forward to working my colleagues to develop a work plan to seek to influence the Welsh Government and ensure UNISON goals of quality public services for every community are high on the agenda. We want to make Wales a fairer and healthier place to live.”


Alastair Gittins, UNISON Press Officer on 07816 538397