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The area has a population of around 91,000.
Much of the southern part of the county borough around the Cwmbran new town conurbation is now urbanised. The north of the county borough is greener and retains extensive areas of countryside, especially on the route to Blaenavon.
The administrative centre is Pontypool in the centre of the county borough. Most of the administration of Torfaen County Borough Council is conducted from the Civic Centre here.
GREEN UNISON WEEK
Green UNISON Week 18th - 23rd September 2021, here are some of the fantastic resources and webinars planned for next week.
Not only is next week UNISON’s Green Week, it’s also Adult Learners Week – which is kicked-off this evening with the Inspire Adult Learning Awards. The WULF project is up for a national award, and you can register here for a Zoom link or watch live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14H_5gDYMR6PGJh3iWbarA to find out if we win!
Link to YouTube here
• Monday 20th September – 12pm-1pm – WATCHPARTY: A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE II – a lunchtime viewing and discussion of the powerful short film and the role of the union in bringing about the Just Transition.
Watch the short film link here
• Tuesday 21st September – 11.30am-12.30pm - MENOPAUSE IN THE WORKPLACE AWARENESS – join Jenny Griffin for this all-Wales webinar looking at the issue of menopause in the workplace and why it’s a union issue, all ages and genders are very welcome to attend Register FREE for Menopuse In The Worplace
• Wednesday 22nd September – All day - WELLBEING WEDNESDAY – in partnership with our South Wales Local Authority Branches – a day-long programme of webinars ranging from Mental Health Awareness, through Secondary & Vicarious Trauma and Online Misinformation, to an evening hour of Mindfulness Wellbeing Wednesday (for South Wales Local authority employed staff) Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
• Thursday 23rd September – 10am-11am - GREENING YOUR WORKPLACE – join Richard Speight to discover more about the impact of the climate crisis on public services, how public service jobs are green jobs, and what more we can do together as a union to help bring about the Just Transition to a zero-carbon Wales.
Register here for FREE for Greening Your Workplace
• Friday 24th September – 11am-12pm - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CHAMPIONING AT WORK – learn how public service workers can help their colleagues, friends, and relatives to gain the digital skills they need with our free training and support, in partnership with Digital Communities Wales.
Register here for 'Introduction to Digital Championing @ Work.
Despite your courage and sacrifice throughout COVID-19, council and school workers have been offered 1.75%. With inflation at 3.8%, that’s a real terms pay cut. UNISON is launching a consultation and strongly recommends members vote to reject such an unfair offer.
Read more info here. Link to Council and school pay reject vote
CLAPPING DOESN'T PAY THE BILLS
Public service workers deserve a decent pay increase.
Staff in the NHS, in social care, in schools, in councils, in the police and elsewhere, have provided vital services to our communities during the pandemic.
Pay has been cut in real terms over a decade of being frozen or capped. Follow UNISON Cymru Wales campaign. Campaign details along with our consultation on unfair pay offers
UNISON - FAIR PAY
Pay is coming to a head and we need all of our members and activists to take part in every ballot and every consultation. UNISON is fighting to get the fair pay rise you deserve. Link here to Christina McAnea report.
Torfaen UNISON are now able to offer members a new Talking Therapies initiative, which is accessed by completing a simple referral form. We can then put you in touch with a counsellor who can offer online or telephone support for issues such as work-related stress, anxiety and depression.
Sessions can be accessed quickly and arranged at a time to suit you. This support is offered free to all Blaenau Gwent UNISON members.
This initiative is being administered by Monmouthshire Branch, therefore if you would like to take up this opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a referral form will be sent to you. If you would like then to complete the form for you over the phone, please call 01291 675502 leaving your name, number and best time to call, and they will call you back to go through this with you. You can now apply online by clicking the link below.
THE WELSH GOVERNMENT - TENANCY HARDSHIP GRANTS
The Tenancy Hardship Grant is designed to support people who have fallen behind on their rent by more than eight weeks between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021.
The grant is designed to help people stay in their homes and prevent them losing their tenancies.
Grant details. Link here to Welsh Government Tenancy Hardship Grant.
If you are in need of any support - Unison's there for you is a fantastic service for members. Check out their website here. Link here to Welsh Government Tenancy Hardship Grant website.
If your not yet a member, here are some of the reasons why you should be. When times are hard UNISON will be there for you.
For you at work and your family at home
And debt advice in times of need
for you and your family
including money off cars and holidays
Our helpline is open until midnight weekdays, and 4pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays
to help develop your career
we’ll be with you when you need it most
Come along to our FREE online learning event for Nurses! A full day of taster sessions covering Mindfulness, Maths for Nurses, Going Green, Online Lies & Misinformation and so much more!
Book onto one session, or book on them all – the choice is yours!! Just follow the web link below to register your place. The event is funded by UNISON & the UNISON WULF Project, so there is no fee to attend (although please note that some webinars are UNISON member specific). Book your Place now!
UNISON Nursing Event Tuesday 20th July - 12:00 - 12:30 H&S in the Workplace, 12:45 - 13:45 Online Lies and Misinformation, 14:00 - 15:00 Nurse Question Time, 15:15- 15:45 Dealing with Grief, 16:00 - 16:30 Student Nurse Watch Party, 16:45 - 17:45 Green Agenda, 18:00 - 20:00 Maths for Nurses, 20:15 - 21:15 Mindfulness. Register now closed at https://bit.ly/2TidAUY
THERE FOR YOU - FINANCIAL SUPPORT
UNISON charity ''There For you'' can help UNISON members on low incomes with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £50 per child, up to a maximum of £150 per family.
You will be able to download your application form from the link here when the fund opens on Thursday 1st July.
WALES SURVEY - LONG COVID AT WORK
We’re interested in the experiences of people with Long Covid in work. Including people who have lost their jobs because of Long Covid. Long Covid is the term used to describe COVID-19 symptoms that extending beyond the initial infection. Evidence on Long Covid points to symptoms of COVID-19 lasting for weeks, months and possibly years after the infection.
This survey ask questions to better understand how workers with Long Covid have been treated in the workplace.
Employers can no longer mistreat staff who take part in industrial action, says UNISON. Christina McAnea hails important victory for staff involved in strikes or disputes
Employers will no longer be able to get away with mistreating any employees who take part in union-organised workplace disputes following an important legal decision, says UNISON.