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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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May 2021

date 27th May

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

UNISON's National Executive Council elections close on 27 May. Make sure you don't miss out on having a say in how your union is run.

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Be heard

May 2021

date 25th May

RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE

Now that lockdowns are easing and infection rates are falling, restrictions are slowly being lifted in Wales. However, we shouldn't get too comfortable or complacent in the workplace and risk slipping back into the 'old normal'.

UNISON is recruiting safety reps across Wales to help make work safe for our members. We have recruited and trained 70 reps since September, and we are looking to train more.

This short webinar will cover the principles behind Covid H&S risk assessments and the role of the H&S rep in making work safe again. Tuesday 25th May, 12:30pm - 1pm (30min).

Covid Returning To Work

Register here https://forms.office.com/r/5Cqq8FZWYx
You don't have to be a H&S rep to attend.


May 2021

date 12th May

INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2021

Happy #InternationalNursesDay2021 #NursingTheNation21

It's incredible to think of what you've all achieved over the last year. Stuart Tuckwood, UNISON's National Officer for nursing has recorded the message below to mark this year's event.

Why not join Stuart and other leaders at tonight's live event to celebrate IND and discuss the challenges ahead and how we can empower nurses to lead us through them.

Join us at 7pm on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD1ZWVj4kzw

Nurses Day 2021

May 2021

date 6th May

SENEDD ELECTIONS

The Senedd elections are on 6 May. Why not register for a postal vote?

Stay home, protect public services, get a postal vote!
Apply for a postal vote for the May 2021 elections Details here .....


April 2021

MINIMUM WAGE LAWS AFFECTING CARE WORKERS

UNISON Centre press release: Government must act over minimum wage laws affecting care workers, say UNISON and Mencap.

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Unison Support

April 2021

NHS PAY DAY

NHS Pay Day: Show us your windows!

Instead of the pay rise they’re due, our fantastic NHS staff are being rewarded with delays and a potential real-terms pay cut.

We’re asking people to put a poster in their window to support a proper NHS pay rise. Let’s brighten up our streets and show NHS staff they are valued.

Download one of our designs below to colour in, or get creative and make your own. Then share a picture of your window on social media using hashtags #NHSPayDay and #WithNHSStaff.

Posters here


March 2021

date 23rd March

UK NATIONAL DAY OF REFLECTION

A minute's silence and a national doorstep vigil will form part of a day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the UK's first Covid lockdown on Tuesday 23 March.

There will be a minute's silence at 12:00 Noon.


March 2021

date 15th March

CALLING ALL UNISON CYMRU WALES MEMBERS!

Join us for the virtual launch of the UNISON Senedd elections manifesto 2021 and hear about the priorities we want for public service workers. Monday 15 March, 2.45pm - 3.15pm - Register here

Senedd Manifesto 2021

March 2021

date 11th March

ONE TEAM 2K

What is UNISON’s pay claim?
UNISON submitted a pay claim to the UK government seeking an increase of least £2,000 by the end of this year for every NHS employee.
Any pay increase awarded in England would lead to an increase in funding to the Welsh government and we believe this money should be ring-fenced for pay in Wales.
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1% is not acceptable and it’s not a done deal. Help us get ready👇 Read more ...
💪 Join UNISON
📲 Update your details
🗣 Ask your colleagues to join UNISON
📢 Stand up - ask friends and family to support NHS workers Thursday 11 March at 8pm

NHS Pay Rise
One Team

March 2021

date 8th March

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

UNISON proud to celebrate International Women's Day 2021
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International Womens Day

February 2021

date 23rd February

Health and Safety Meetings

February 2021

date 8th February date 14th February

Heart UNISON 2021

Heart UNISON is part of Heart Unions Week, the TUC’s annual event to celebrate unions, to make sure everyone knows why we’re vital at work, and to encourage everyone to join one. Read more ...

Heart week

February 2021

HAPPY LGBT+

Here at Unison Blaenau Gwent, we're proud to be a welcoming, inclusive Union for all.

Happy LGBT+ History Month! #LGBTHM21

LGBT History Month

February 2021

date 3rd February

PAY FAIR FOR CARE

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on the best and worst in our society. Nowhere more so than care.

COVID-19 has forced care workers into life-threatening working conditions and untold mental strain. Exhausted, dedicated; they have been applauded as national heroes.

Yet three out of four care workers do not earn a living wage. They cannot comfortably feed their families or pay the rent. Their pedestal is made of sand.

UNISON is leading the fight and asking all members to join care workers, celebrities, politicians, unions, charities and employers – show care workers the support they need, to win what is fair.

Pay fair for care

On Wednesday 3 February at 12:30pm, UNISON is hosting a carers' rally as part of the Pay Fair for Care national day of action.

Join the event to hear from care workers, celebrities and politicians. Wednesday, 3 February 2021 from 12:30-14:00 UTC, online with Facebook Live


January 2021

UNISON CENTRE PRESS RELEASE

Christina McAnea elected to lead UNISON, the UK’s largest union. She replaces Dave Prentis, who is retiring after 20 years as general secretary.

Voting in the ballot was as follows (in alphabetical order):

Paul Holmes 45, 220 (33.76%)
Christina McAnea 63, 900 (47.7%)
Roger McKenzie 14, 450 (10.79%)
Hugo Pierre 10, 382 (7.75%)

Christina McAnea

January 2021

VACCINE INFORMATION

The following information has been released by Public Health Wales.

Vaccine information

January 2021

date 7th January School Members

SCHOOL SUPPORT MEMBERS

UNISON Cymru Wales has written to school support members today (7.1.21). UNISON believes schools should not reopen for face-to-face lessons until after the half-term break and we are calling for a series of measures to be in place before schools return to face-to-face lessons. Read the letter via the attachment.

Covid School Advice

December 2020

JOINING FORCES

Nine health unions issue plea in desperate bid to protect NHS.

With widespread community transmission of Covid-19 across Wales leading to there being more Covid-19 patients in hospital than at any other time this year, nine unions representing frontline healthcare workers have joined forces to highlight the impact the rise in cases is having on the staff providing care, and to urge the public to do all they can to protect the NHS.

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December 2020

2021 UNISON DIARIES

We're all glad that 2020 is nearly over. So now it's time to start planning for a new, more hopeful year with UNISON's 2021 diaries.

10p from every purchase will go to our charity, There For You. You will be helping members who are experiencing financial and emotional difficulties.

There for You has been vital for so many people this year. So get your calendar today and support other UNISON members.

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UNISON 2021 Diaries

October - November 2020

THE BIG VOTE: GENERAL SECRETARY ELECTION 2020

The general secretary election is your chance to vote to elect the most senior person in the union. Being a member, or retired member, of UNISON entitles you to a vote if you were a member on 28 July 2020. Make sure you post your completed ballot in plenty of time to CES by 5pm on November 27. It will be freepost, so don’t worry about a stamp.

Your election pack will include the ballot paper, and the pre-paid return envelope. There will also be information about the candidates who are standing to be general secretary.

If anything is missing from your election pack, or you lose your ballot paper please call our ballot helpline free on 0800 0 857 857 or on textphone 0800 0 967 968. The helpline opens on 10 November and closes on 20 November.

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the big vote
Make Your Vote Count

October 2020

OCTOBER IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A time to celebrate how Black people and communities have shaped our history. This year’s Black History Month is bittersweet. There is a new visibility to Black lives, but for the worst of reasons. So many Black lives have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while the reasons for this are complex, the main one is the ‘everyday’ racism deeply embedded across society. Read general secretary Dave Prentis' blog: This Black History Month, we won’t go back to the old normal.

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Dave Prentis

September 2020

NO GOING BACK TO NORMAL

Back to normal shouldn't mean back to underpaid.

Challenge the government to rebuild public services and show real support to the people who provide them by signing our open letter.

Read more ... #NoGoingBackToNormal

No Going Back

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. Read more .....


September 2020

date 14th September

KEEP WALES SAFE

Keep Wales Safe

September 2020

HOMEWORKING VERSUS OFFICE

When homeworking versus the office isn’t a straightforward choice. Read more .....


August 2020

GIVE ALL NHS STAFF A WAGE RISE

UNISON – which is the UK’s biggest union and represents NHS staff including healthcare assistants, radiographers, porters, midwives and paramedics – says this rise is the equivalent of around £1 an hour for all staff. Read more .....


August 2020

SCHOOL UNIFORM GRANT UPDATE

Due to the overwhelming number of applications for school uniform grants, the fund is now closed. Latest update can be found here Read more .....


July 2020

MEMBERS SUPPORT LINKS

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

MEMBERS SUPPORT LINKS

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

date 20th April 2020

A HUGE THANK YOU

UNISON big thank you 'Public Service Champions' message. 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 23rd March 2020

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 UPDATE

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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Coronavirus


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 UNISON 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

UNISON members

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

COLLECTIVES 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

Show Racism The Red Card English SurveyEnglish SurveyShow Racism The Red Card Welsh SurveyWelsh Survey

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 WAGES 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

DISABILITY AND REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS

Overview of Equality Act / Definition of Disability / Reasonable 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


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

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