UNISON welcomes major bill putting trade unions at heart of Welsh government decision making

Leaders of Wales’ largest public sector union will today (Tuesday 14 March) attend the final reading of a major bill putting the voice of trade unions at the heart of decision making within the Welsh government.

UNISON Cymru/Wales, which represents tens of thousands of workers, is backing the social partnership and procurement bill which is designed to place the trade union movement and its voice in all decision-making processes relating to public services, irrespective of the makeup of Welsh government.

If passed, the bill would also see the creation of a social partnership council made up of government, employers, and trade unions.

Social partnership means government, employers, and trade unions working together to find improved solutions to major issues.

UNISON Cymru/Wales regional secretary Dominic MacAskill (pictured above) will be attending the reading at the Senedd in Cardiff with the union’s team of convenors and said: “This bill is a big step forward and UNISON is supportive of this legislation.

“It is important to note that we still retain the right to enter dispute with employers and Welsh government.

“Also, while governments may change, social partnership protects trade union influence irrespective of who controls the Senedd.”