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Monmouthshire is a county in South East Wales.

The largest town is Abergavenny. Other towns and large villages are Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth, Magor and Usk. The region boosts more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. Nestled between the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s not just the stunning landscape that’ll take your breath away for it is known for its mountain walks, public houses and fabulous food.

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April 2020

date 7th April 2020


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

March 2020

date 27thMarch 2020


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


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

COVID19 - 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


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

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 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 2019-2021 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.

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 - Member Learning Programme (Updated)

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

Contact Monmouthshire Branch

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