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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.

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Budget planning

CHECK YOUR BENEFITS

It can often be tricky to figure out which benefits you are eligible for and how to claim.

Check your support now with the UNISON Benefits Calculator.

> Check benefits link here

Budget planning

BUDGET PLANNER

The first vital step in taking control of your finances is to create your own personal budget plan. Our user friendly budget planner is free to use and should only take minutes to complete if you have all your financial information to hand.
> Budget planner link here

Wellbeing breaks

WELLBEING MATTERS

Wellbeing breaks can provide welcome relief from stress and respite from difficult circumstances – this can include assisting with recovery from illness to help prepare for a return to work.

> Wellbeing breaks link here


June- 2022

start date 18th June

DEMAND ACTION DEMONSTRATION

All public sector workers are being forced to deal with a toxic mix of a decade of cuts combined with low wages and sky high fuel and energy bills as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.

On Saturday June 18, the trade union movement will be taking to the streets of London to demand action and UNISON Cymru/Wales is providing three buses to get our members to this vital demonstration.

Find out how to book your place on the buses here: Complete bus transport details link here

Wales TUC Cymru Trades Union Congress / (TUC) UNISON / Unison Swansea Bay Health Branch / Members Group NPT Unison / Unison Carms / Cangen Unsain Gwynedd / UNISON North Wales / Health Branch UNISON Velindre and PHW Branch Unison / Bridgend Unison / Powys Local Government Branch / Unison Cardiff Branch

Demonstration 18th June

Bus Details For South West Wales

Pick-ups: Haverfordwest (train station) at 6.00am; Llanelli (train station) at 7.30am and Swansea Moto services M4 Junction 47 at 7.45am

Bus Details For South Wales

Pick-ups: Merthyr Tydfil (Civic Building) at 7.00am; Pontypridd (bus station) at 7.25am; Cardiff (Museum steps) at 8.00am and Newport (train station) at 8.30am

To book your branches place on these buses, please email Helen Dunn-Jones h.dunn-jones@unison.co.uk with the name, email, mobile number and pick up point for each traveller.

Return journey will be picking back up near Parliament Square at 3pm.


May - 2022

start date 9th May to start date 15th May

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

The official theme is ‘loneliness’ and, across the week, we encourage you to build meaningful connections with your friends, family, colleagues and communities.

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
#LetsConnect

Poster states: Mental Health UK. Let;s Connect! From 9th to 15th May 2022. Let's connect during Mental Health Awareness Week, and together, we can. We're asking people and organisations alike to consider their 'unique contribution' in tackling loneliness, isolation and the barriers to connection. We need to, raise awareness, invire conversation, volunteer your time, ask others to act.

Mental Health Awareness Week

May - 2022

start date 5th May

WHAT HAVE THE UNIONS DONE FOR US

- Two day weekends
- Maternity and Paternity leave
- 8 hour working days
- Workplace pensions
- Paid holidays
- Equality Rights
- Health and Safety at work
- Minimum wage
- Collective bargaining
- The NHS and more

What Have The Unions Done For Us

May - 2022

start date 5th May

LOCAL ELECTIONS - HAVE YOUR SAY

16-year-olds will be voting for the first time in a local election in Wales.

Unison Wales has heard from first time voter Julia who told us public services are vital to her. She said: "Voting is vital for me because without doing so, people may not see the change that they would like to see, in the government, and in their day-to-day lives.
"By voting everyone has a say in their future and positive change will be implemented.
"It is extremely important for me as it reminds me that as a community we have a say and in turn change will take place."

Let us know if you are voting for the first time and why public services are important for you.

#localelections2022 #LocalElections #LocalElectionsMatter UNISON Unison in Local Government

Local Elections

April - 2022

start date 28th April

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day and it is our day to remember those who have died and fight for the living.

Up to 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and accidents. Although few UNISON members die in workplace incidents, many suffer injuries and work-related ill health.

International Workers Memorial Day

April - 2022

start date 27th April

ENERGY SEMINAR

Energy workers from across Wales will be joining industry experts and key politicians for the first ever energy seminar run by UNISON Cymru/Wales.

Welsh Government Climate Change Minister Julie James MS will be among the speakers at the event on Wednesday April 27 at the Radisson Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.

#UNISONpriorities Read more

Cymru Wales Energy

April - 2022

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The local council elections in May are a great opportunity for UNISON Cymru Wales to talk about why it’s so important to invest in public services and in public service workers.

We want to influence politicians and public opinion to address the needs of working people and Welsh communities. We’re asking council candidates to pledge their support for UNISON’s priorities and work with us to deliver them.

#UNISONpriorities Read more

Local May Elections

April - 2022

start date 2nd April

COST OF LIVING CRISIS

The Cost of Living Crisis is a political choice. Yet again the Tories are trying to make ordinary people pay.

Join People's Assembly nationwide protests on April 2nd to demand change.

#CostOfLivingCrisis #WeCantPay

Cost of living crisis

March - 2022

UNION SUPPORT

Christina McAnea statement. Solidarity from @unisontheunion with @nautilusint and @RMTunion. UNISON will stand shoulder to shoulder with you. Shameful behaviour by @POferriesupdate - your reputation will not recover from this.

Nautilus International Statement
Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson

The news that P&O Ferries is sacking the crew across its centre UK fleet is a betrayal of British workers. It is nothing short of scandalous given that this Dubai owned company received millions of pounds of British taxpayer's money during the pandemic.

There was no consultation and no notice given by P&O. Be assured the full resources of Nautilus International stand ready to act in defence of our members. We believe it is in our members' best interest to stay onboard until further notice.

Ferry Crew Support

March - 2022

start date 20th March

MARCH AGAINST RACISM

Join us for a #MarchAgainstRacism on Sunday March 20 at City Hall in #Cardiff
#AllRefugeesWelcome
#Unions4Unity
#UnionsAgainstRacism

Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Wales TUC Cymru
Stand Up To Racism Wales

March Against Racism

March - 2022

start date 15th March

WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY

Today is #WorldSocialWorkDay #WSWD2022

As the biggest union for social workers in the UK, representing over 40,000 people working in the sector, UNISON is recognising the day by launching a Social Work Manifesto.

Read more

Social Work Day

March - 2022

UKRAINE SUPPORT

UNISON is working with the international trade union movement to mobilise support for those affected by the war in Ukraine – and branches and members can help too.

No one can fail to be moved by the scenes of terrified civilians taking shelter underground or of the hundreds of thousands of women and children desperately trying to cross the border to safety, to an uncertain future as a refugee.

Read more

Ukraine support

March - 2022

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Happy #InternationalWomensDay2022

“I stand
on the sacrifices
of a million women before me
thinking
what can I do
to make this mountain taller
so the women after me
can see farther"

Taken from the poem, Legacy by Rupi Kaur.

International Womens Day

March - 2022

start date 1st March

SAINT DAVID'S DAY

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

Happy St David's Day

Happy Saint David's Day

February - 2022

UKRAINE SOLIDARITY

As we witness shocking reports today of more suffering in Ukraine, we think of the public service workers - the first responders to devastating scenes, doing all they can to save lives.

We stand in solidarity with our sister trade unions and all workers across Ukraine - Christina McAnea, general secretary of UNISON, UK’s largest trade union for public service workers.

UNISON Ukraine

February - 2022

start date 19th February

COST OF LIVING CRISIS

Join us on Saturday (19/2) for The People's Assembly Against Austerity march against the #costoflivingcrisis in the centre of Cardiff.

Energy bills are rising. Food prices are rising. Rent is rising....We Must Rise.

Meet at 2pm by the Betty Campbell Statue on Wood Street.

Cost Of Living Crisis
UNISON Helped Improved Safety In Schools
UNISON Secure Safer PPE
UNSION Saved Our Services

February - 2022

start date 28th February

March - 2022

closing date 16th March

UNISON WALES UNION LEARNING

The UNISON Wales Union Learning Fund team are offering a range of webinars that are free and open to all schools staff. Be quick to sign up as places go fast! Book your free place on the Using Film in the Classroom (28th Feb 10am-12pm) here.
Heart UNISON link here

The UNISON Wales Union Learning Fund team are offering a range of webinars that are free and open to all schools staff. Be quick to sign up as places go fast! Book your free place on the Supporting Children’s Mental Health – Primary & Young Children Practitioner (16th March, 4-5pm) here.
Heart UNISON link here

Childrens Mental Health
Childrens Mental Health

February - 2022

start date 14th February to closing date 20th February

HEART UNISON

Heart Union week is a chance to celebrate unions and show the difference unions make in the workplace and in the community. Find out more about what a union can do for you.

Heart UNISON link here

Heart Unison

February - 2022

start date 11th February

LOCAL SERVICES CHAMPIONS

This is your last chance: nominations for UNISON’s Local Service Champions Awards close today! Make sure to get your nomination in before 4pm. #LocalServiceChampions

Local Services Champions link here

Local Services Champions

February - 2022

start date 4th February

WORLD CANCER DAY

We are remembering all those we have lost to this awful disease and to wish the absolute best to those who have beaten it.

At UNISON, we are keeping you all in our hearts on this day.

World Cancer Day - 4th February 2022.

World Cancer Day

February - 2022

unison help and support

School Uniform Help

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MEMBERS

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whether due to coronavirus or other circumstances, There for You can offer you support, including one-off grants.

UNISON financial assistance link here

WINTER FUEL GRANT UPDATE

Important information.

For 2022 we will be processing our Winter Fuel Grants using an on-line application form*. Before applying, please read the following important information which should answer all your questions and explains the supporting documents you’ll need to include on applying.

UNISON winter fuel grant link here

*UNISON winter fuel grant application form link here


January - 2022

closing date 31st Januaryunison help and support

UNISON MEMBERS WINTER FUEL FUND

This year’s UNISON winter fuel fund opens on 31 January.

The fund will offer grants of up to £200 and is designed to help the union’s most vulnerable low-income members.

It was announced today that inflation rose to 5.4% in the 12 months to December. With the cost of living rising at the fastest rate for 30 years, UNISON understands the financial hardship many members face whether it be due to rising living costs, the removal of universal credit uplift or other inflationary pressures.

In addition, the possibility of added pressure on low-income households looms as gas and electricity costs look set to increase even further in the near future.

UNISON winter fuel fund link here

Unison Winter Fuel Fund

January - 2022

closing date 14th January

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Thank you to all UNISON local government members who completed and returned their ballots over the last few weeks.

The ballot closes today, and we will provide an update as soon as we have the results.

#enoughisenough

Vote Yes Last Day

January - 2022

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Vote yes for action on pay. Last date 14th January 2022.

#enoughisenough

Vote Yes

January - December 2021/22

UNISON MEMBERS THANK YOU

A big thank you to all Unison Members working over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Members Thank You

December 2021

VOTE YES! THIS CHRISTMAS

Please get your ballot papers in or contact your branch if you have not received them. Thank you.

Vote Yes To Do List

December 2021

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANK YOU

UNISON staff have made a film, sending a festive message to all of our brilliant members.

Watch the film link here

UNISON Christmas messages

December 2021

VOTE YES

Ballot Papers have started to arrive, have you had yours yet?

#EnoughIsEnough #VoteYES

Vote Yes
Ballot Papers

November 2021

RADICAL HISTORY - 3D SCAN WALKTHROUGH

First look at the photos from our exhibition launch yesterday - UNISON and the Welsh labour movement #RadicalHistory

3D Scan Walkthrough link to website

Photo credit: Natasha Hirst

Mark Drakeford and Unison Members
Mark Drakeford and Unison Members

November 2021

closing date 11th November

We Remember Red Poppy

November 2021

closing date 6th November

MARCH WITH US - COP26

March with UNISON on the Cardiff COP26 Day of Action: 6 Nov. Assemble 12pm in front of the City Hall (by Brodies Coffee, Gorsedd Gardens, Cardiff, CF10 3NP).

Bring flags, banners and friends on this family-friendly march #wemaketomorrow

COP 26 Cardiff Day Of Action March

Closing Date
November 2021

closing date 30th November

STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2021

Stars in Our Schools 2021 is fast approaching and we've just opened up our 'nominate a star' prize draw.

This is your chance to let a member of school support staff know how much you value the fantastic work they do. Anyone can nominate a school support staff worker for entry into a prize draw to win a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher. (And if your nominee wins, you'll receive a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher too!)

Stars In Our Schools

Entries close on 30 November 2021.

Just know, that even in these difficult and unprecedented times, there is help and support. Link to nominate a Star in Your School


October 2021

date 21st October

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD

UNISON is proud supporter of Show Racism the Red Card and we are backing THIS FRIDAY’S awareness raising Wear Red Day. The need for all of us to actively challenge racism has never been greater with an increase in race hate crime during the pandemic.

Read more info here. Link to Wear Red Card October 21

Wear Red Day 21

October 2021

date 10th October

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

World Mental Health Day

October 2021

BLACK HISTORY MONTH


October 2021

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Wales will be first UK nation to make teaching of black histories compulsory #BlackHistoryMonth

A MONUMENT of Wales’ first black headteacher and #BlackHistoryMonth campaigner was unveiled in Cardiff.

Betty Campbell, who died in 2017 at the age of 82, defied her doubters after being told as a child that her dream to become a head teacher was “insurmountable”.

Link to the statue unveiling


September 2021

date 17th September

BLACK LGBT+ NETWORK

Last chance to sign up for UNISON's Black LGBT+ network meeting on 17 September. 1:30am–2:00pm.

This meeting gives you the opportunity to find out about the work that UNISON does for LGBT+ equality for Black LGBT+ members in the workplace and wider community. You'll have the opportunity to talk to and question your reps on the national committee and also influence the work that UNISON does on LGBT+ equality. For more information please message us, or email out@unison.co.uk

LGBT+ Black Network

September 2021

date 17th September

DISABLED LGBT+ NETWORK

Last chance to sign up for UNISON's Disabled LGBT+ network meeting on 17 September. 4:00pm–6:30pm.

This meeting gives you the opportunity to find out about the work that UNISON does for LGBT+ equality for Black LGBT+ members in the workplace and wider community. You'll have the opportunity to talk to and question your reps on the national committee and also influence UNISON LGBT+ policy. For more information please message us, or email out@unison.co.uk

LGBT+ Disabled Network

September 2021

REJECT VOTE

Despite your courage and sacrifice throughout COVID-19, council and school workers have been offered 1.75%. With inflation at 3.8%, that’s a real terms pay cut. UNISON is launching a consultation and strongly recommends members vote to reject such an unfair offer.

Read more info here. Link to Council and school pay reject vote

Reject Unfair Pay

August 2021

CLAPPING DOESN'T PAY THE BILLS

Public service workers deserve a decent pay increase.

Staff in the NHS, in social care, in schools, in councils, in the police and elsewhere, have provided vital services to our communities during the pandemic.

Pay has been cut in real terms over a decade of being frozen or capped. Follow UNISON Cymru Wales campaign. Campaign details along with our consultation on unfair pay offers

Fair Pay Advert

August 2021

TIME TO UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

Where do you work now? You can change your details online at this link:  Online membership update here.

To update your details via telephone, please ring your regional office and ask for the membership department. You can then let them know what needs changing: Call us to update your details here.

Update your details

July 2021

LET'S TALK - TALKING THERAPIES

UNISON Monmouthshire are launching a brand new service for its members! Any Monmouthshire member can now refer themselves to our online counselling support service. All you need to do is complete a short referral form.

Full details will be sent to all our members soon, or you can watch our short Facebook video here. This video is a short explanation of Talking Therapies for our members.

Referral forms can be requested by email at unisonmon@btconnect.com or by calling 01291 675502.

Remember- it’s always good to talk #itsokaytonotbeokay Apply for Talking Therapies.


July 2021

Read the PDF report link here:
CERD Shadow Report For Wales

RACE EQUALITY FIRST - REPORT FOR WALES

UNISON Cymru/Wales Black Members’ Group has been working with Race Equality First on its report on the scale of racial inequality in Wales and how Westminster and Welsh governments must do a lot more to tackle racism. Chair of UNISON Black members, Kebba Manneh, said:

“This report is hard-hitting and the scale of the racism revealed may be shocking to some, but this is the reality for Black people every day. Our governments are failing to effectively tackle racism and address ethnic disparities in all areas of life. We want a Wales free of racial discrimination and Welsh government must take this report seriously and act on the recommendations. We need action! Well done to Race Equality First and UNISON Cymru Wales for all the work you have done on the report.”

The report identifies: -
• Police-recorded hate crimes rising by a third since 2016/17
• Ethnic minorities disproportionately stop-searched by the police across all four of Wales’ force areas
• Ethnic minorities remain substantially underrepresented in senior jobs in the public sector
• Ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poorer quality housing or work in precarious jobs, and face racial bullying in school and into their adult lives

The report has been submitted to the Committee of the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.


July 2021

THERE FOR YOU - FINANCIAL SUPPORT

There for You School Uniform Grants 2021

There for You has once again set up a fund to help members on low incomes struggling with the cost of school uniforms. Grants of £50 per child are available, up to a maximum of £150 per family.

Applications are by downloadable form and will be available from Thursday 1 July at the link below. As always, this is a limited fund and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Please ring 01495 355252 if you require a hard copy of the application form.

Link here for financial support.

School Uniform Help

July 2021

UNISON WALES SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

Feedback on rapid COVID-19 testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD’s) – your experience.

Welsh Government are keen to hear feedback from school staff and learners about their experience of the COVID rapid testing programme to help plan for the future, improve the service and understand the impact of testing in Wales.

You can take the survey via these links:
Survey link in English
Survey link in Welsh


July 2021

GREEN UNISON

Climate change: ‘there will be no jobs on a dead planet’.

UNISON’s special delegate conference gets serious about the scale of the climate challenge

Link here to Climate Change conference details

Green UNISON

June 2021

MANDATORY COVID VACCINATION

The Westminster Government has today confirmed that they will make it mandatory for care workers to be vaccinated against covid, which is a huge disappointment to UNISON.

UNISON supports and encourages members in health and social care to take up the offer of a vaccine. But we have resisted moves from some employers to introduce changes to contracts to allow them to dismiss workers for failing to have be vaccinated and we have also opposed the Tory Government in Westminster’s suggestions that they may make it mandatory. We have argued that it is counterproductive and may reinforce some in their reluctance to have the jab. We have added again today that, in a low paid, high turnover sector, the impact of making vaccination mandatory could be a flight of workers from the sector, placing our most vulnerable at risk in a new recruitment crisis.

Cymru Wales members should be reassured that Welsh Government has consistently stated that they have no intention of following the Westminster route and that there is no need to consider it in Wales because of the high take up of vaccination amongst health and social care staff. Also, in the Social Care Fair Work Forum, the Social Care Wales representative confirmed that they do not see the failure to be vaccinated as a fitness to practice issue. We are not expecting this stance to change, though obviously, if there are any new developments, we will share this information with Branches. I’m sure that we will also be seeking fresh commitments following today’s troubling England only announcement.

Mark Turner
Regional Organiser
Lead for Social Care
UNISON Cymru Wales


June 2021

WORKPLACE DISPUTES

Employers can no longer mistreat staff who take part in industrial action, says UNISON. Christina McAnea hails important victory for staff involved in strikes or disputes

Employers will no longer be able to get away with mistreating any employees who take part in union-organised workplace disputes following an important legal decision, says UNISON.

Read more here about workplace disputes.

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Contact Your Local UNISON IN GWENT Branch


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

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

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

UNISON
Torfaen
County Branch
UNISON Office
Civic Centre
Pontypool
NP4 6YB
Telephone: 01495 766356


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

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