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UNISON IN GWENT is the largest Public Services Trade Union in the region

With some 15,000 members, UNISON In Gwent is the largest Public Services Trade Union in the region and Britain’s largest Public Services Trade Union. As a consequence of the UK Governments austerity agenda, Unison branches and Local Authorities across Wales have needed to work more collaboratively. In Gwent Unison branches have a long tradition of working together. Building on the success of our achievements to date this website has been created and developed to keep members informed, to become a destination for those seeking help and support and to ensure that branches are accessible to all staff working across the region.

July 2020


Mental health challenges beyond COVID-19. Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown will be as difficult as it was looking after it during the lockdown period. As we found ways of trying to cope during the lockdown, we also expect that it will take time to find ways of coping coming out. Read More ...

May 2020


If you’re a local government member, it’s time for you to decide. Make sure you have your say on your pay.

April 2020

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UNISON big thank you 'Public Service Champions' message. Read more .....

April 2020

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UNISON Cymru Wales to deliver free online Covid-19 training across Wales Read more .....

March 2020

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NJC Circ Coronavirus and Critical Workers Update
NJC Circ Coronavirus and Critical Workers Update

School FAQ guidance coronvirus download file
School FAQ guidance coronvirus download

FAQs for school staff download file
FAQs for school staff


Statement by Kirsty Williams Minister for Education

I’d like to thank parents for listening to the advice and keeping most children at home. I’d be grateful if tomorrow morning you only use schools or childcare as a last resort.

The advice has not changed as a result of tonight’s decision to further restrict movement, which our First Minister, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Children should be at home wherever possible, critical workers will still need to have safe care arrangements for their children. Our schools and childcare settings are providing a vital service to support critical workers and our most vulnerable children.

Those involved in the current arrangements looking after children should continue. Many thanks to our amazing teaching and childcare professionals for their commitment in this time of national need.

This situation will continue for the immediate term but we will be reviewing with healthcare professionals, local authorities and our teaching unions.

March 2020


Coronavirus: your rights at work. As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are if taking sick leave or self-isolating.
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February 2020

Help for flood victims

Help for flood victims from Unisons Charity ‘’There For You’’

Advice for UNISON members affected by or worried about flooding. UNISON Welfare has issued the following guidance for members and to assist branch officers who are advising them.

February 2020

Government pay offer rejected

Initial local government pay offer rejected – talks continue

The National Joint Council (NJC) Executive met today, for the employers to respond to the trade unions’ local government pay claim for 2020.

Wales Union Learning Fund

Dear Colleague,

- Do you work in schools, health or social care?
- Do you want to learn something new?
- Or are you keen to develop your career?

Please find attached information and application forms for the Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) £200 Qualification Grant.

Please can you distribute this information as widely as possible to ensure exposure?

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at cymruwaleswulf@unison.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!

December 2019

date 18th December 2019Neurodiversity In The Workplace

Free Neurodiversity Course for Unison Members

This introductory session is aimed at all staff with an interest in Neurodiversity - an umbrella term for autism, dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia.

October 2019

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UNISON is going from strength to strength

”UNISON is going from strength to strength,” the union’s national executive council heard at its meeting in London today. “We are continuing to grow, with membership increasing by 8,413 so far this year,” general secretary Dave Prentis told the meeting. He noted that the biggest growth occurred during the week of the Labour Party conference - read more

September 2019

In pictures: UNISON backing the school climate strike

As part of Green UNISON Week, members across the regions supported the school climate strikes and took action themselves - read more

September 2019

Blog: Climate change is the greatest single threat humanity faces

The NEC declared this week Green UNISON Week and up and down the country our branches have responded. From canteen stalls, solidarity selfies, new volunteers for branch green reps, tree planting and using lunch hours to join climate strike rallies - read more

August 2019

UNISON saving you money

Legal Advice And Support

If you have been injured at work or a loved one has been injured outside of work you can claim with confidence using the UNISON legal service. UNISON Cymru Wales’ lawyers, Thompsons, won £169,800 for members in personal injury settlements in July 2019 alone. Legal support didn’t cost these UNISON members a penny. Advice, support and help when you need it - read more

July 2019

New Member Learning Programmes

Member Learning Programme - New Courses and Dates

Please find attached the current Member Learning Programme for 2019. We have added 4 new courses and dates until the end of the year.

July 2019

Collective bargaining will transform lives of thousands

UNISON Cymru Wales has warmly welcomed the First Minister’s pledge to legislate to make the country a ‘fair work nation’ in his statement to the Senedd - read more

June 2019

UNISON launches campaign to celebrate local government workers

A new campaign highlighting the contribution council staff make to public life is being launched at UNISON’s local government conference in Liverpool.

New film will kickstart recognition of overlooked council staff - click here to view

June 2019

UNISON saving you money

UNISON Free Wills Service

UNISON offers a free standard wills service for members and their partners (if doing a mirror will). We also offer reduced rates for members’ complex wills.

The simplest way to obtain your will is to use our bespoke on-line wills service. This, and other legal support for members on non-work related issues can be accessed by clicking the link below:

UNISON Legal Services

UNISON’s online wills service is very straightforward to use, just complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire with its online guidance will carefully take you through the process.

We have also negotiated a low-cost wills service for members and their families.

May 2019 Survey

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School Support Staff Survey – Show Racism the Red Card

Calling all school support staff - please find English / Welsh survey for you to complete from Show Racism The Red Card on tackling racism in schools.

April 2019

One wage for all ages

UNISON launches #OneWageAnyWage campaign is it celebrates 20 years of the national minimum wage - click here

April 2019

Cuts increase risk to public in England and Wales

UNISON report shows how austerity is damaging the environmental health service provided by councils - click here

April 2019

UNISON celebrates the “unsung heroes” of local government

A new campaign will raise the profile of the union’s 600,000 local government members - click here

February 2019

Proving Disability And Reasonable Adjustment

Proving Disability and Reasonable Adjustments

Overview of Equality Act / Definition of Disability / Resonable Adjustment / Disability-related sickness absence / Creating a supportive environment / Tribunal Claim / The Public Sector Equality Duty / Communication and Language / Directory of Impairments

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Contact Your Local UNISON IN GWENT Branch

Blaenau Gwent
County Branch
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Municipal Offices
Ebbw Vale
NP23 6XB
Telephone: 01495 355252

County Branch
Tredomen Business & Technology Centre
Tredomen Park
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7FN
Telephone: 01443 863279

UNISON Monmouthshire
County Branch
1st Floor Community Education Centre
18 Maryport Street
NP15 8AE
Telephone: 01291 675502

County Branch
Civic Centre
Telephone: 01495 766356

Contact Your Local UNISON Branch for latest news, campaigns. meetings and offers.

UNISON, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. Telephone: 0800 0 857 857
UNISON Cymru/Wales, UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AP. Telephone 0800 0 857 857