Welcome to UNISON Monmouthshire

Branch latest news, archive news and branch representatives

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

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May 2021

date 27thMay

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Have you cast your vote yet? Make sure you complete and return your ballot paper by 27th May - it’s your union, and your voice matters. Don’t delay - post your vote back today!.

Candidate Elections

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


May 2021

Unison Working Together

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

LONG COVID

Long COVID: ‘It’s frightening not knowing where this will end up’. Long COVID is having a devastating effect on the lives of many UNISON members. Assistant equality officer Haifa Rashed reports on how the union is responding. Read more ...

Long Covid

March 2021

date 15th March

UNISON SENEDD MANIFESTO LAUNCH

UNISON Cymru Wales Senedd Manifesto Launch, Read more ...

Senedd Manifesto 2021

March 2021

date 8th March

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

UNISON stories in support of International Women's Day. Read more ...

International Womens Day

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
LGBT History Month

February 2021

date 3rd February

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.

Pay fair for care

January 2021

date 20th January

SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING

Following our very successful and well-attended meeting for schools' members last week, we are repeating the meeting this Wednesday 20th January at 5pm for those who were unable to attend or could not join the previous meeting as it was full - apologies to all of you for any inconvenience.

So that we can accommodate everybody who'd like to attend, you will need to register to attend the meeting using this link - Register here

This meeting is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.


January 2021

date 14th January

SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING

Dear Member

We would like to invite you to a meeting of school members Thursday 14th Jan. This is an opportunity for us to receive information from you about how schools are operating in your area and to answer any questions you may have.

Please see the joining details below.

Schools members meeting
Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (GMT)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/229348309
You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom (Toll Free): 0 800 031 4727
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011
Access Code: 229-348-309


January 2021

SCHOOLS HELP AND SUPPORT

Schools and families can request free mobile data increases for students without broadband and/or who can't afford extra data for devices.

Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile & Sky Mobile are all taking part in the scheme.

Read more .....

Covid School Advice

December - February
2021

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AGM Document 2021

AGM Document 2021

MONMOUTHSHIRE AGM

On behalf of the Branch Committee, I am pleased to invite you to attend the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Final Agenda, Minutes of last year’s meeting and the Financial Accounts for this year will be available on our website from January, copies can also be requested from the branch office in the New Year.

You have an opportunity to submit motions for consideration, these should be received by the branch at the address below or by email no later than 21st December 2020.

Voting members may make nominations for the officers and workplace stewards to be elected at the AGM. This must be done by completing the relevant form and returned to the office by the date indicated on the form - please email the office to request a copy of the form to be sent to you.

Officers of the union take the lead on specific areas of activity and work in close liaison with stewards and workplace contacts to ensure that we deliver effectively for our members. Your workplace will be a much stronger place should you nominate someone to act on your behalf, even if they only act as a link between us to receive mail/information from the union.

If you require an interpreter, please let the branch know as soon as possible. Similarly, if you need materials supplied in large print, braille, etc. These requests will need to be made well in advance of the meetings.

I urge you to make every effort to join in and support your branch - links to the TEAMS meeting are available upon request. If you would like any information on how to access this platform please contact the branch for assistance.

Yours sincerely

Jan Davies
Branch Secretary
Monmouthshire County UNISON, 18 Maryport Street, Usk NP15 1AE
Telephone: 01291 675502 / Email: unisonmon@btconnect.com
Website: www.unisoningwent.org.uk

AGM Logo 2020

MONMOUTHSHIRE AGM
TUE, 2 FEB 2021 AT 10:00 UTC
Monmouthshire Branch Annual General Meeting
Online event

WED, 3 FEB 2021 AT 12:30 UTC
Monmouthshire Branch Annual General Meeting
Online event

THU, 4 FEB 2021 AT 17:00 UTC
Monmouthshire Branch Annual General Meeting
Online event

Branch Annual General Meeting via Microsoft TEAMS


October 2020

date 10th October 2020

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

On World Mental Health Day, and with all that we are dealing with in the world right now, take time to make time for yourself, put the kettle on, call a family member or friend to have a chat, and remember- it’s okay to not be okay. #worldmentalhealthday2020

World Mental Health Day

November 2020

COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

Applicants must be a UNISON member and have paid at least two months subscriptions.
You do not have savings of more than £2,500.
Household income has reduced as a result of one of the following criteria:
- You and/or your partner are currently receiving SSP and either shielding, self-isolating or off sick due to other coronavirus related reasons
- You and/or your partner have been made redundant/lost your job due to the coronavirus
- You and/or your partner’s employer have reduced your working hours including loss of regular overtime (applicable also where partner is self-employed and loss of earnings can be proven)

Read more .....

Covid-19 Response Fund

September 2020

Event October 2020
date 5th October 2020date 6th Ocober 2020

ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Booking and enquiries to attend this online workshop.

Event organiser: Ryan Williams, UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff
Telephone: 020 2072 9413
Email: r.williams@unison.co.uk

Transgender Workshops

August 2020

WOULD YOU RATHER?

Janet, would you rather leave your child in unsafe care or your elderly parent without any care at all? Would you rather the streets were covered in uncollected rubbish or children had nowhere safe to play?

The vital work that you do ensures people do not have to make impossible choices like these.

Today, UNISON has launched a video to force people to recognise what their lives could be like without the vital local services you deliver.


June - July 2020

MEMBERS SUPPORT LINKS


May 2020

date 14th May 2020

A BIG THANK YOU AND CONTINUED SUPPORT

Dear Unison Members

We just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks for all your hard work and dedication during this unprecedented time.

As a union we understand that many of our members are working to deliver key services to the residents of Monmouthshire and to ensure critical services continue to operate. We wanted you to know that we realise you are still working throughout this difficult period and that we understand the pressures you are facing, juggling both your home and working life whilst trying to keep everyone safe and well. Thank you, we really do appreciate the contribution you are making to the fight against covid-19.

Please let us know if there is anything Monmouthshire Unison Branch can do to support you through these difficult times.

Regards
Jan Davies
Unison Branch Secretary
Monmouthshire County Council


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 27thMarch 2020

MANY THANKS

Chief Executive Paul Matthews tweets his appreciation of UNISON Monmouth’s support during these unprecedented times.

Paul Matthews Tweet


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

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

date 23rd March

COVID-19: LATEST MESSAGE FROM PAUL MATTHEWS CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO ALL STAFF

Good evening

No humour tonight, we just entered the big league. This is where we will be tested, this is where citizens will become anxious, this is where our own doubts and uncertainties might surface BUT ladies and gentlemen, we are ready. This moment has been coming for 10 days and our preparation has been measured and timed. Our closure / cessation of service is just where we need it to be. The rational for closing:

- Abergavenny market
- Children’s play areas
- Community Hubs / libraries
- County hall to the public
- Our 4 household waste and recycling centres

Today has been spot on. Tomorrow we will close our Youth Clubs but the decision to leave our parks open has been the right one.

Our strategic aim is clear: we will protect life and we will do this tomorrow by:

- Continuing to provide childcare for registered children of key workers
- Continuing to protect the vulnerable
- Collecting domestic waste and keeping the environment safe
- Playing our role in getting money to businesses
- Helping citizens with financial challenges
- Being a great partner to other agencies working to our goals
- Looking after your health and well-being

I’m not naive; this is going to be hard. Some of you I will not see for a long time but we have the tools and the ability to play our part. Help your friends by sharing our messages and your knowledge of what we are doing. The days will be long for many so play your part in being positive.

We can and should connect digitally. You will have your family but we need to work hard at our organisational ties. You know your jobs and you know how to do them. I will have new tasks for many of you in the next few day.

Remember to eat, sleep, breath and smile. We’ve got this and as a bunch of people it just doesn’t get any better than you.

Fire questions at me all day long tomorrow, I promise to answer every single one.

Best wishes
A confident CEO

Coronavirus

MONMOUTHSHIRE UNISON AGM

Monmouthshire County Branch / Cangen Sir Fynwy
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Room 1, Raglan Training Centre
Annual General Meeting of Monmouthshire UNISON Branch at Raglan Depot, Station Road, Raglan, NP15 2ER.

Wednesday 5th February 2020
from 12:15-13:30 UTC
Mardy Park Resource Centre, Abergavenny

Thursday 6th February 2020
from 12:15-13:30 UTC
County Hall, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1GA

Monday 10th February 2020
from 12:15-13:30 UTC
MCC Innovation House, Magor


Closes 14th
February 2020

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.

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unison rewards


November 2019

date 30th November

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL TRIP

Places going fast please book early to avoid disappointment. Thank you!

For more information please contact Karen.
unisonmon@btconnect.com or call 01291 675502.

Christmas Trip

October 2019

MENTAL HEALTH

Motions raised at our National Delegate Conference over the past few years have shown a growing from anxiety from our members on how our own mental health is affected by work.

Stress is a major pre-cursor to worsening mental health, and after years of austerity and being asked to do more with less, our members are at crisis point. Click here for more details

Mental Health

Closing date Friday 19th July 2019

School Uniform Grant Help

GET HELP WITH SCHOOL UNIFORM COSTS THIS SUMMER

Struggling to make ends meet? Worried about back to school costs? Help is on hand.

We have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120.

To apply, download the application form from:
unison.org.uk/get-help or contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 19 July 2019.


Commencing 15th April 2019-17th May 2019

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019-2020 BALLOT

Unison are currently sending out ballot papers for the National Executive Council – NEC.
These are important elections, the people elected will be representing you, in Unison, at a national level. UNISON’s national executive council is a diverse group of ordinary members, working in all areas of public services, who make decisions about how our union is run.
A ballot paper will be sent to the home of every eligible member, together with information on the candidates. Please read what they have to say and decide who will be your voice on UNISON’s NEC.
The ballot opens on 15 April and closes on 17 May 2019.
If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 29 April, please call 0800 0857 857. Join your fellow UNISON members and vote in the NEC election. It only takes a few minutes.

For your information Monmouthshire Branch of Unison has nominated the following candidates

Local Government Service Group
General Seat Maggie Griffin
Female Seats Maxine Rowden & Kati Conway
Male Seat Peter Crews

Black Members’ Seats
Female Seats April Ashley & Sonia Stewart
Male Seat Ash Dhobi

Disabled Members’ Seats
Katrina Murray

Be Heard National Executive Council Elections

February 2019

date 5th Februarydate 6th Februarydate 7th FebruaryAGM 2019AGM 2019 Final Account

AGM 2019

Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
Matters arising from the Minutes. All meetings start at 12.30pm.


Commencing
April 2019

Monmouthshire New Pay Scales

MONMOUTHSHIRE NEW PAY SCALES

Please find details in the Monmouthshire Pay Scales commencing this April.


January 2019

Monmouthshire New Pay Scales

LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSION SCHEME

General article updating members on the Local Government Pension Scheme.


December 2018

Members Learning Programme

FREE FOR UNISON MEMBERS - MEMBERS LEARNING PROGRAMME (UPDATED)

For further details please contact the office.
(Click on PDF symbol for full details)

A BIG THANK YOU AND CONTINUED SUPPORT

Dear Unison Members

We just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks for all your hard work and dedication during this unprecedented time.

As a union we understand that many of our members are working to deliver key services to the residents of Monmouthshire and to ensure critical services continue to operate. We wanted you to know that we realise you are still working throughout this difficult period and that we understand the pressures you are facing, juggling both your home and working life whilst trying to keep everyone safe and well. Thank you, we really do appreciate the contribution you are making to the fight against covid-19.

Please let us know if there is anything Monmouthshire Unison Branch can do to support you through these difficult times.

Regards
Jan Davies
Unison Branch Secretary
Monmouthshire County Council

Contact Monmouthshire Branch

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