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We are the largest Trade Union in Caerphilly, supporting public service employees.

We recognise that unity is our strength and work tirelessly to promote truth, justice and equality. Our purpose is not just to be a voice for the voiceless but to give them a voice of their own.

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November 2020

UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY CLAIM UPDATE 2020/21

As you will be aware we recently asked for your views on the proposed options for the pay claim for 2021/22. The results of this consultation are now available and in Caerphilly 47.8% of respondents said that we should be asking for 10%. These results have been fed back to UNISON and we will let you know the national picture as soon as it’s available.

Thanks to all those who took part in the consultation.


November 2020

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UK DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH

UK Disability History Month 2020 will take place from Wednesday 18th November until Friday 18th December.

The theme for 2020 is Access: How far have we come? How far have we to go?

With this very much in mind, please find attached a report from UNISON Caerphilly’s Disabled Members Officer Caroline Jones, who speaks of the struggles she has faced and what needs to change.


November 2020

Caerphilly CBC Joint Letter

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM YOUR
TRADE UNION

Dear member, the attachment contains important information from UNISON.

Please take some time to read it and get in touch with the branch should you have any questions or queries.

Caerphilly CBC Joint Letter Read more .....


October 2020

CAERPHILLY UNISON AGM 2021 - EARLY NOTICE

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions the Caerphilly UNISON Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2021 will be held virtually using GoTo Meetings.

Our intention is to hold 5 virtual meeting which will be held on:

Monday 15th March 2021 - 5.30pm
Tuesday 16th March 2021 - 12.30pm
Wednesday 17th March 2021 - 1.30pm
Thursday 18th March 2021 - 7.00pm
Friday 19th March 2021 - 10.00am

The agenda, associated paperwork and links to the virtual meetings will be circulated to you before Christmas 2020. If you haven’t received this information by the beginning of January 2021 please get in touch with the branch on Tel: 01443 863279 or email caerphillyunison@caerphilly.gov.uk.

2021 will no doubt bring about changes for us all and we need your input at our AGM’s to keep our union strong and active. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated (virtually of course).

In the meantime stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas and New Year.


October 2020

BECOME A REP

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October 2020

CAERPHILLY UNISON APP

To celebrate the launch of the new Caerphilly Unison App, we are giving members the chance to win £150 of Marks & Spencer gift vouchers.

Simply download our App onto your mobile or smart device and visit 'Prize Draw'. Only Caerphilly Unison members are eligible to enter. The closing date for entries is November 27th.

Link here .... Good luck!

Caerphilly App


October 2020

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2020

October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, Unison and its TU partners have joined together with CCBC to create a dedicated newsletter centred around mental health during the pandemic including an interview from the Branch’s Disabled Members Officer, Caroline Jones.


October 2020

Pay scales 2020

NEW LG PAY SCALES 2020 / 2021

Updated NJC Pay scales are now available, outlining the agreed 2020/21 scales for staff working in local government. It shows current pay scales with annual and equivalent hourly rates:


September 2020

LOST IN LOCKDOWN

UNISON’s Caerphilly branch secretary reflects on what it means to go ‘back to square one’ as the county is put into local lockdown.
Read more...

Caerphilly County lockdown

September 2020

date 14h September 2020TO date 18th September 2020

DON'T MISS THE BUS!

If you need advice or support at work, join UNISON today. Keep a lookout as our new Stagecoach campaign goes live throughout the borough this week.

Unison Caerpilly


September 2020

URGENT MESSAGE TO CAERPHILLY RESIDENTS FROM YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS

Unions UNISON, GMB and UNITE who represent Caerphilly council staff are calling on all Caerphilly residents to respect the new lockdown rules.

The only way to defeat this virus is by solidarity from all generations.

We stand shoulder to shoulder - two metres apart- with everyone in lockdown, but this must be a collective effort.

Hundreds of your council workers have fought tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep services running for the benefit of the community.

School support staff, care workers, refuse workers and others continue to put themselves on the front line for the sake of residents and their family members. The very least we can do is abide by the rules that will make them, and us, safer.

Whilst we’d all love to get back to normal, we do not want to see more lives lost in Caerphilly when this loss is so easily prevented by following the new guidelines.

The availability and turnaround of testing will be key to keeping track of new cases. If residents do their bit, then so must government by prioritising test, track and trace.

Let's work together Caerphilly!
Yours in hope and solidarity, UNISON, GMB and UNITE trade unions


August 2020

KEEPING CAERPHILLY SCHOOLCHILDREN
FED DURING COVID

UNISON members across the county borough council helped in an ambitious scheme to fill the gap left by free school meals. Read more .....


August 2020

SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE SPECIAL PAYMENT SCHEME

The Welsh Government has now published its final guidelines on the £500 supplement for Social Care Workers.

The scheme has been introduced to recognise and reward the hard work and commitment of social care staff, who have provided essential care to our most vulnerable citizens at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is aimed at staff who have worked within registered care homes and domiciliary care services during the period from 15 March to 31 May 2020.

To be eligible for this payment, staff must be either:

  • a paid employee of a registered care home or domiciliary care service;
  • an agency care worker;
  • an agency nurse who has worked in the same setting for 12 weeks or more; or
  • a personal assistant paid through direct payments

Some employees may prefer to spread the payment over time to better suit their personal circumstances. There is an option to receive the payment in five equal instalments of £100 per month spread over five successive months.

Further details and FAQs can be found in the link here
Read more .....


June 2020

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE - FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF IN CYMRU WALES

We want to do all we can to support school support workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
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School support workers


June 2020

PAY UP NOW FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL WORKERS

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

UNISON has launched a consultation, to allow members’ to decide whether to accept or reject a payrise of 2.75% and a one day increase in annual leave allowance. Read more .....

Pay up now


April 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE WALES FAQS

Will schools be opening over Easter holidays and weekends? If so, do I have to come in and will I be paid? School closure Wales FAQs, published 7th April Read more .....


April 2020

date 7th April 2020

FREE ONLINE COURSES

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


March 2020

date 26th March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID19 UPDATE

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, find out what your rights at work are. Read more .....

Coronavirus


March 2020

date 23rd March 2020

School FAQ guidance coronvirus download file
School FAQ guidance coronvirus download

FAQs for school staff download file
FAQs for school staff

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID19 UPDATE

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

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AGM 2020 IMPORTANT UPDATE

Following advice, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone the AGM’s that were due to take place over the next 2 weeks. We hope to reschedule them at some point and are waiting for further guidance from our Regional team as to how this can be done within our UNISON rule book.

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Dates of Aggregated AGMs 2020

You are warmly invited to attend one of Unison's aggregated Annual General Meetings (AGM) to be held on the dates shown below. This year NINE meetings have been arranged to give every member a choice of day, time and venue.


May 2020

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Details of exciting Spring UNISON quiz for members

Come and join us this fun members event. Unison Quiz – Friday May 1st. Penallta Rugby Club – 7:30pm


March 2020

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Members Learning Programme Spring 2020

Gain a better understanding of the terms, causes and symptoms of anxiety and stress. Looking at how anxiety and stress can affect the individual as well as family and friends. With the overall aim of improving your management of both.


March 2020

Our Members Benefits

7 Reasons to join UNISON this Easter

Legal Help, Financial Assistance, Compensation, Discounts, Helpline, Training and Support - we’ll be with you when you need it most.


March 2020

Pay Up Now Newsletter

Latest Local Government Pay Campaign News

After ten years of real terms pay cuts, you deserve a decent pay rise. If you’re a council or
school worker, make sure you have your say on pay. Click on PDF link or image for more information.


February 2020

V-Of-W-survey

Violence at Work Survey Results

The report is now ready for you to read the results.


Closes 14th February

date 14th FebruaryWinter Fuel Grant for Members

Winter Fuel Grant for Members

There for You has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members. If your net income is £18,000 or less you may be eligible to receive a grant of £40.


November / December 2019

Stars In Our School Day

'Stars In Our School' at Trinity Fields

Caerphilly Unison staff attended Trinity Fields Special School Christmas Fayre today to celebrate Stars in Our Schools Day .

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November / December 2019

date 23rd Novemberdate 14th DecemberChristmas Market 2019

Caerphilly Unison Christmas Market Trips

Details of 2 fantastic Christmas Trips to Gloucester and Birmingham this year. Places going fast!


November 2019

date 19th NovemberInternational Mens Day Newsletter

International Mens Day Newsletter

International Men’s Day in the UK is on November 19th every year – it is celebrated around the world in at least 60 countries.


November 2019

Caerphilly Unison - Cleaning up at Wales Regional Ceremony 2019

At the recent Wales Regional Awards Ceremony 3 Branch Officers of Caerphilly Unison were commended and won awards in their respective categories for their work in 2019.
Lianne Dallimore – Wales Representative of the Year
Juan-Antonio Garcia – Billy Liddon Health & Safety Award
Steve Gardiner – Highly commended for his work as Communications Officer
Unison is very proud of these achievements of their officers and the branch will strive to reach the same heights in 2020 in their continued support of its members!

Regional Awards 2019 Ceremony

October 2019

Black Members in Unison Newsletter

Please find the link to our Black Members in Unison Newsletter to coincide with Black History Month in October. Inside is a fantastic members competition! Click here for Newsletter


September 2019

A Womans Work

A Woman's Work - Unison Women's Newsletter

Please find the link to our latest Caerphilly Women’s Newsletter from our Branch Secretary including a fantastic Members competition open to all.


September 2019

Healthcheck Autumn 2019

Health & Safety Newsletter

Health & Safety Newsletter for Autumn 2019.


July 2019

date 10th Julydate 11th Julydate 12th JulyCaermunicator

Branch Newsletter

July edition of Caermunicator – including details of a fantastic music-themed competition!


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Care Workers

July 2019

date 10th JulyCaerphilly Unison Golf Event

UNISON Team Cup

Please find attached exciting Team Golf event sponsored by Caerphilly Unison.

This is a team event run by Caerphilly Golf Society - for other details please contact Dave Lucas
on x6744.

Unison Golf Event
Unison Golf Event

June 2019

Caerphilly Unison Pensions Update

Caerphilly UNISON Pensions Update

Do you have a Caerphilly Council Pension?
Is your state Pension age 65+?
Are you aged 58+?
Do you have 25+ years Pensionable service with the local authority?
Were you expecting your entire pension fund to be reduced if you retire before your state pension age?


Newsletter

Health And Safety 2019

Spring Health & Safety Newsletter

Please see latest Branch Health And Safety Newsletter from Juan-Antonio Garcia.


March 2019

date 11th Marchdate 12th Marchdate 13th Marchdate 15th Marchdate 21st Marchdate 22nd MarchAnnual General Meeting 2019

Caerphilly Unison AGM

Colleagues, Please find attached dates for Unison's aggregated AGMs in March.

For a full Agenda and information please contact the Branch.


Trips And Meetings 2019

Health And Safety 2019

Retired Members Trips And Speakers 2019

Unison retired Members Branch are running a full program of trips throughout 2019. They also have a range of speakers at their Monthly meetings. Take a look at the attached to find out the full program.


Winter 2019

Health And Safety 2019

Health and Safety Matters - Winter Newsletter

Please find Winter Newsletter from Juan-Antonio Garcia. This contains topical (and seasonal) health and safety information.

Contact Caerphilly Branch

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