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.
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).
Register here https://forms.office.com/r/5Cqq8FZWYx
You don't have to be a H&S rep to attend.
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
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 .....
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.
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.
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
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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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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 ...
Here at Unison Blaenau Gwent, we're proud to be a welcoming, inclusive Union for all.
Happy LGBT+ History Month! #LGBTHM21
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.
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
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%)
The following information has been released by Public Health Wales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .....
KEEP WALES SAFE
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 .....
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 ...
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.
WALES UNISON LEARNING FUND
- 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.
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We look forward to hearing from you!
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
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
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
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
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
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’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.
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
Contact Your Local UNISON IN GWENT Branch
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Telephone: 01495 355252
Tredomen Business & Technology Centre
Telephone: 01443 863279
1st Floor Community Education Centre
18 Maryport Street
Telephone: 01291 675502
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