IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES BELOW,
NEWS AND INFORMATION. PLEASE READ
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.
CALLING ALL COMMUNICATION OFFICERS
Next Comms Forum meeting: 15 April. Our meeting will be followed by a Hope Not Hate virtual training session, the Forum is sponsoring: Pushing Back Against Hate Online - Difficult Conversations.
• Comms Forum meeting 14.00 - 15.15
• 10min screen break
• Hope not Hate training 15.25 - 16.25
Please let Alastair Gittins if you would like to attend the Forum meeting and the Hope Not Hate training. Please also advise if there is any good branch comms practice you would like to share firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
You are warmly invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of your UNISON branch which will take place on the dates set out below. The Annual General Meeting will elect your Branch Officers, Representatives and ratify the election of Workplace Stewards for the forthcoming year. The aggregate AGM's will be held virtually this year due to the government restrictions and the ongoing pandemic.
Wednesday 24th March @ 4:45pm
Thursday 25th March @ 1pm
Monday 29th March @ 11:30am
Please find in your email the dates of the Annual General Meetings and the Final Agenda. These have also been sent out in the post.
If you have not received this email or the links, please email the Branch Chair at
We hope to see you at the meeting.
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
SUPPORT NHS PAY 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 ...
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 ...
BE SAFE IN THE WORKPLACE
The COVID19 pandemic has exposed health and safety in the workplace. It's always been important but now it's more important than ever before.
Wherever you work in Wales, whatever you do, become a safety rep today to ensure you and your colleagues are on the safe side.
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.
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.
SCHOOL MEMBERS MEETING
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.
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
SCHOOLS HELP AND SUPPORT
Schools will now initially be closed until 29th January, with a review to be conducted on that date.
If any of our members are experiencing any issues, questions or heath and safety concerns. We ask that you please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here for you! We are all in this together!
It’s going to be a hard and difficult winter. UNISON’s members’ charity #ThereForYou may be able to support you with a grant to help pay your bills. Check if you're eligible and apply online by clicking on the image.
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ANEURIN BEVAN UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD
The day has finally arrived as Gwent starts on its road to recovery. Wales was the first country in the world to receive supplies of the vaccine last week, and...
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THANK YOU WORKERS
This year it's been more important than ever to celebrate our amazing members who work in schools. Be proud of what you achieve everyday
STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2020 UPDATE
Support Staff at St David’s Primary were treated to a lovely handmade card and a certificate from their Headteacher made by the children. And a goodie bag! A massive thank you to their Rep Katrina.
STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2020
If any schools in Torfaen would like to get involved with Stars in our Schools this year, we would be more than happy to help.
This year it's going to be different as we know but if you have an idea that will work for your individual school, send an email over to our Branch Chair Jack on Jack.Johnson@torfaen.gov.uk as soon as possible and we will be in contact with how we can help.
UNISON in Schools
It's been a year unlike any other and next Friday 27 November UNISON is celebrating the unsung heroes of education – the support staff who are 'Stars in our Schools'.
Nominate a colleague who goes above and beyond, and you'll enter into a prize draw to win a £25 voucher for them and for yourself, in time for Christmas.
October - November 2020
WALES LOCKDOWN OCTOBER 23RD - NOVEMBER 9th
We are constantly blown away by school staff across Wales. Thank you for your dedication and willingness to go above and beyond.
Because of you, pupils can continue to attend school.
KEEP TORFAEN SAFE
CALLING ALL SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF
Torfaen Unison School Forum online meeting is an opportunity to discuss coronavirus, your rights at work and making schools safe for all to give you an update from the Welsh Government. If you would like to attend please contact:
Call: 01495 766356
KEEP WALES SAFE
TORFAEN UNISON COVID-19 HARDSHIP FUND
Torfaen UNISON Branch have set up a fund to help members and their families who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to Covid 19. The grant is a one off payment of up to £100.
To be eligible you must be a fee paying member of Torfaen branch of UNISON for at least 4 weeks, and have savings of less than £800.
If you are eligible and wish to apply please contact our Welfare Officer Sue Pritchard on email@example.com, or ring on 07889564124, to complete a simple application form.
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
MESSAGE OF SUPPORT FROM TORFAEN UNISON BRANCH
Torfaen UNISON represents cleaners, care workers, school staff, housing workers, social workers and many others working in the Public and voluntary Sector.
So many of our members alongside those who work in the NHS are at the frontline of the fight against coronavirus in our community.
As a UNISON branch we, along with the wider union are deeply concerned about the shocking lack of personal protective equipment for staff in the frontline.
Staff who need this to keep themselves and us safe, not only are the NHS suffering from the lack of PPE, but so too are our members in care homes, schools and other frontline services.
It is essential that the Government urgently increase the supply of PPE in hospitals, social care and wherever assessments consider members could be at risk, we also need testing to be rolled out now to frontline staff to enable them to keep themselves and others safe.
If you are concerned about the lack of PPE at work, please let us know, we are here for you.
Either raise it with us directly by calling the branch on: 01495 766356
Or message us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever concerns you have as we move further into this unprecedented territory, please contact us if there is anything we can do to support you.
Keep safe, and thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe
Cangen Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 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.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
Just to let you know that the Torfaen UNISON office is now closed, however just to reassure you, we can still be contacted via email, click here Torfaen Email or you can call on 01495 766356.
We are here for you, take care and keep safe.
Diane Morley Torfaen UNISON Branch Secretary
AGGREGATE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
The Torfaen Unison Branch Committee invite you to attend the forthcoming AGM. We urge you to attend and support your branch, and look forward to seeing you there.
Please click on the document link to the left to view a poster with all three dates.
GETTING HELP AS A MEMBER OF UNISON
Many people are struggling to make ends meet while the cost of living spirals. Even a small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s well-being. Whatever the amount, debt can feel stressful, overwhelming and all-consuming. Read more ....
Closing Date December
CALLING ALL PUPILS
'What Is Climate Change?' and 'How Does It Affect The World?' competition for primary and comprehensive schools with prizes.
Help And Support
TORFAEN HELP AND SUPPORT
Please ring us on 01495 766356 if you want to chat about the benefits of joining UNISON.
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.
April, May, June 2019
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF 2019
Working in partnership with Unison, The Open University in Wales are offering the following free workshops to support staff and teaching assistants in Wales.
Full details and dates click here