Welcome to UNISON Torfaen

Branch latest news, campaigns and UNISON member offers.
The area has a population of around 91,000.

UNISON Office, Civic Centre
Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Telephone: 01495 766356

torfaen map

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.

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Budget planning

CHECK YOUR BENEFITS

It can often be tricky to figure out which benefits you are eligible for and how to claim.

Check your support now with the UNISON Benefits Calculator.

> Check benefits link here

Budget planning

BUDGET PLANNER

The first vital step in taking control of your finances is to create your own personal budget plan. Our user friendly budget planner is free to use and should only take minutes to complete if you have all your financial information to hand.
> Budget planner link here

Wellbeing breaks

WELLBEING MATTERS

Wellbeing breaks can provide welcome relief from stress and respite from difficult circumstances – this can include assisting with recovery from illness to help prepare for a return to work.

> Wellbeing breaks link here

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

This is why it is so important that we have your up to date details to ensure we are able to reach you .

Calling all UNISON local government members! Please take a moment to check we have your current address. As you know, UNISON local government members rejected the pay offer and work has begun on preparing for an industrial ballot. It’s important to make your voice heard and for you to receive your paper ballot. You can check your address here via My UNISON, or speak to your local UNISON branch.

Link to update your membership details

VIEW OUR FACEBOOK VIDEO

A little reminder why you should choose UNISON Torfaen. Here is a short Facebook video why you should become part of the UNISON family today!


July - 2022

start date 6th July

SCHOOL WEBINAR

Click here to sign up to a free webinar for all teaching assistants on the 6th July.

UNISON has been working in partnership with the Welsh Government to improve the role of all teaching assistants in Wales.

Our work is fully supported by Jeremy Miles MS/AS.

We hope to update teaching assistant job descriptions, improve access to training and development and work towards improving your pay.

Come along to this free webinar to find out more about what your UNISON reps have been doing on your behalf, ask questions about what we’re trying to achieve and find out how you can get more involved in this work.

School Support Workers

This event is aimed at teaching assistants working in Wales but is open to anyone interested in attending. Register here to book your place.

UNISON in Schools Unison Wales School Support Staff Wales TUC Cymru Trades Union Congress (TUC)

Book a place link here


June - 2022

start date 29h June

TORFAEN JOB FAIR

Torfaen Jobs Fair takes place on Wednesday 29 June, 10am -12pm, at Cwmbran Job Centre.

This event is open to anyone seeking work and wishing to meet and speak with the employers in attendance.

Torfaen Jobs

June - 2022

SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANT

The School Clothing Grant 2022 is now open for applications

School Clothing Grant link here

School Uniform Help

June - 2022

SOLIDARITY FOR RAIL WORKERS

UNISON Cymru/Wales extended #solidarity to all rail workers and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) during its latest day of industrial action.

We stand side by side the rail workers as we all fight for job security and a pay rise that deals with the #CostOfLivingCrisis

RMT Facebook link here

Support RMT

June - 2022

SUPPORT FOR COUNCIL AND SCHOOL WORKERS

Council and school workers need more! Email your local councillor and demand they use their influence to support a pay rise for hard-working staff, delivering vital local services.
#WeNeedMore

Email your local councillor link here


June - 2022

DEMAND BETTER

An incredible turnout for the TUC march and rally in London today.
Angela Rayner joined Christina McAnea to lead the charge to Parliament.

TUC Demonstration

June - 2022

TRADE UNISON CONGRESS (TUC)

We have just one question - When will life get better?


June - 2022

Together We Rise In Unison

LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE

TOGETHER WE RISE IN UNISON #TogetherWeRise

Local Government Conference

Katrina (Branch Chair) & Sue Pritchard (Welfare Officer) are at the UNISON Local Government Conference today!


June - 2022

start date 11th June

Cwmbran Big Event

CWMBRAN BIG EVENT

We will be at the Cwmbran Big Event tomorrow! Join with us tomorrow to claim your free goodie bag. If your already a member, pop along and say hello and collect your freebies.

Cwmbran Big Event

Bouncy Castle, Football, Raft Race, Sports, Live Music, Dance Acts, Angling, Climbing Frames, Face Painting, Art and Crafts, Kiddies Fun Fair, Greenmeadow Farm Animals, Stalls, Dog Show, Refreshments.


June - 2022

start date 11th June

A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE

Please come and support our next performance, A Concert for Ukraine. Proceeds will go to Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Even if you can't be there, please think about buying a ticket by emailing priorysingers20@gmail.com. Every penny counts.

Thank you.

Concert For Ukraine

Poster states: Priory Singers, Concert for Ukraine. St John the Baptist Church, Risca Road, Newport, Saturday June 11th at 7:30pm. Tickets £10. All proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Reserve your seat through choir members or by email to priorysingers20@gmail.com


June - 2022

start date 18th June

DEMAND ACTION DEMONSTRATION

All public sector workers are being forced to deal with a toxic mix of a decade of cuts combined with low wages and sky high fuel and energy bills as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.

On Saturday June 18, the trade union movement will be taking to the streets of London to demand action and UNISON Cymru/Wales is providing three buses to get our members to this vital demonstration.

Find out how to book your place on the buses here: Complete bus transport details link here

Wales TUC Cymru Trades Union Congress / (TUC) UNISON / Unison Swansea Bay Health Branch / Members Group NPT Unison / Unison Carms / Cangen Unsain Gwynedd / UNISON North Wales / Health Branch UNISON Velindre and PHW Branch Unison / Bridgend Unison / Powys Local Government Branch / Unison Cardiff Branch

Demonstration 18th June

Bus Details For South West Wales

Pick-ups: Haverfordwest (train station) at 6.00am; Llanelli (train station) at 7.30am and Swansea Moto services M4 Junction 47 at 7.45am

Bus Details For South Wales

Pick-ups: Merthyr Tydfil (Civic Building) at 7.00am; Pontypridd (bus station) at 7.25am; Cardiff (Museum steps) at 8.00am and Newport (train station) at 8.30am

To book your branches place on these buses, please email Helen Dunn-Jones h.dunn-jones@unison.co.uk with the name, email, mobile number and pick up point for each traveller.

Return journey will be picking back up near Parliament Square at 3pm.


June - 2022

start date 7th June

SCHOOLS WEBINAR

Calling all those working in schools in Wales. What are your thoughts on the Welsh Government plans to explore changes to the school day and school term? Come along to a webinar this evening (7th June) at 6pm to let us know your opinion. You can book a place here:

School Webinar Zoom link here

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June - 2022

start date 2nd June

ABERGAVENNY TOWN COUNCIL

Thursday 2nd June event:
2pm - Town Crier, Mayor and Mace Bearer undertake the Proclamation outside the Town Hall, then over to St Johns Square, and finally on to Frogmore Street.

6pm - 9pm: Night Market in the Market Hall, with Street Food vendor Prego's, sweet treats from Maizie's Sweet Shop and Chock Shop, hot and cold drinks from Espresso Bar, and gifts and welsh goods from Fizzyville and Bellemoon Vintage Welsh Blankets.

Entertainment from The Borough Band 6pm - 7pm, Choirs for Good 8:15pm - 8:35pm. Song for the Commonwealth being performed at 8:35pm, with the Fanfare 'Majesty' at 8:40pm, leading in to the Town Hall clock faces being lit up in red, white and blue.

Queens Platinum Jubilee

Spaces are still available for any traders or performers who wish to come along - please email markets@monmouthshire.gov.uk or clerk@abergavennytowncouncil.gov.uk for more information.


June - 2022

start date 1st June

JUBILEE FUN DAY

Event by Torfaen Leisure Trust, Torfaen Sports Development and 2 others.

Cwmbran Stadium, Duration: 5 hr

Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join us at Cwmbran Stadium for a Family Fun Day celebrating the Queen's Jubilee!

There will be SO much on offer for the whole family including:
- Traditional Schools Sports Day Games
- Golf Professional offering Pitch and Putt with Golf Inflatable
- LOTS of Market Stalls
- FREE Group Fight Class Taster
- Vitalize Radio
- South Wales Fire Brigade
- FREE Gym Open Day
- Gym Challenges
- FREE PAS Nutrition Tasters
- Tours of the Stadium Facilities!

Jubilee Fun Day

This event runs from 10am until 3pm and is ONLY £2 per person for the whole day!

We'd love to see the whole community join us and celebrate this one off special event


May - 2022

SUPPORTING NHS STAFF

A surprise visit from the Economy Minister Vaughan Gething and Leader of Torfaen Council Anthony Hunt outside GUH today! Supporting our initiative to give back to NHS staff!
— at The Grange University Hospital

The Grange University Hospital Facebook link here

Vaughan Gething

May - 2022

start date 5th May

POLLING STATION LOCATIONS AND CANDIDATES

Polling stations for #TorfaenLocalElections2022 will open THIS Thursday at 7am.
Don’t know where to go?
Your polling station is on your polling card – or you can find out where to go here:
Where is my polling station link here
Don’t know who’s standing?
Head to our website for details of each candidate in your ward:
Candidate listing link here
Polling stations close at 10pm. The results will be announced on Friday.

Torfaen Polling Station Locations

May - 2022

start date 5th May

UNISON PRIORITIES BACKING

An amazing 23 Torfaen Labour Councillor Candidates have pledged their support for our #unisonpriorities2022!
Norma Parish
Joanne Gauden
Colette Thomas
Rose Seabourne
Fay Jones
John Hunt
Paul Stephens
Kathy Evans
Karl Gauden
Stuart Ashley
Peter Jones
Jayne Watkins
Anthony Hunt
Steve Evans
Nick Byrne
David Bolton
Richard Clark
David Williams
Nathan Yeowell
Lewis Evans
Mandy Owen
Anthony Bird
Lucy Williams

Local Councillors

A huge thank you from us at UNISON Torfaen for the work you do for the Torfaen and our members.

If you are a councillor candidate, we would love to hear that you will show your support to our priorities, you can contact us on jack.johnson@torfaen.gov.uk

Read our full story here


April - 2022

start date 28th April

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day and it is our day to remember those who have died and fight for the living.

Up to 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and accidents. Although few UNISON members die in workplace incidents, many suffer injuries and work-related ill health.

International Workers Memorial Day

April - 2022

SOCIAL CARE WALES ACCOLADES

UNISON was proud to be a sponsor of the 2022 Social Care Wales Accolades Awards yesterday. We want to raise public awareness of best practice in this sector of the thousands of unsung heroes. Care worker and UNISON representative, Sian Stockham

presented the award for ‘Looking after and improving workforce well-being’ to a care provider. Seen in the main picture standing are UNISON care workers, L-R, Peter Garland, Sian Stockham, Nicola Irwin, Pat Jones and lead officer for social care, Mark Turner. Thank you to Mark for these photos.

Social Care Wales Accolades

April - 2022

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Check which candidates at the May local elections have already pledged their support for #UNISONpriorities #CllrPledges.

Read more link here

UNISON Priorities

April - 2022

WORKING OUT OF HOURS

Aneurin Bevan Health members kick off UNISON Cymru Wales day of action on pay. Cost of living going up. NHS struggling to recruit. It's time to #PutNHSPayRight

Are you being asked to work outside of your job role?
The Omicron variant continues to spread quickly and is leading to high numbers of staff absences in schools which may lead to you being asked to cover absences for colleagues. We are concerned that teaching assistants, admin staff and other support staff will be asked to lead whole classes where they are not trained or paid to do so.

UNISON is urging members to not agree to unsafe practices such as inappropriate cover and deployment arrangements for support staff which may be exploitative of staff and also unfair on pupils. Unless specified in your contract, additional duties should be on a short-term basis only and mutually agreed.
If you believe you have been asked to regularly do duties outside of your job description please raise your concerns immediately with your head. If the school insists on going ahead, please contact us, your UNISON branch for support.


March - 2022

FUEL ALLOWANCE REQUIRED

Are you a health worker in Wales who relies on their car?

We have heard from NHS employees whose fuel costs have increased between £150 to £200 per month in the face of skyrocketing prices at the pump.

Enough is enough and we are calling on NHS employers and the Welsh

NHS Fuel Allowance

Government to consider an immediate additional fuel allowance for health workers who are out of pocket.

Read our full story here


March - 2022

ENERGY SUPPORT APPEAL

In April, energy bills for a typical household will go up by 54% a year and, at the same time, national insurance payments are set to increase by almost 10%. Meanwhile, inflation is hitting record highs, the weekly shop is more expensive than ever and for over a decade public sector pay increases have lagged behind the cost of living.

UNISON’s charity, There for You, provides vital support for thousands of members every year, but this year’s Winter Fuel grant programme was over-subscribed in days – even after it was increased by 50%.

Now more than ever, with the cost-of-living crisis hitting unprecedented levels, UNISON members – particularly those on lower incomes – need financial support.

Energy Support Appeal

Getting help as a member of UNISON
Contacting your branch
Calling the UNISONdirect call centre on 0800 0 857 857

Our online help form link here

Join UNISON link here


March - 2022

start date 8th March start date 9th March start date 10th March

TORFAEN AGM ON TEAMS

It is our last AGM this morning starting at 11:30am. Here is the link, come along if you can!

Thursday, 10 March 2022 from 11:30-12:30 UTC.

Join the meeting links here

Torfaen UNISON Annual General Meetings, to be held on TEAMS.
March 8th @ 4:45pm
March 9th @ 1pm
March 10th @ 11:30am

The AGM needs you

March - 2022

CALLING ALL CARE WORKERS

The way care workers are registered is changing.

Tell UNISON what you think here.

Questionnaire link here

Care Workers

March - 2022

UKRAINE SUPPORT

UNISON is working with the international trade union movement to mobilise support for those affected by the war in Ukraine – and branches and members can help too.

Ukraine support links here

Ukraine support

February - 2022

start date 28th February

February - 2022

closing date 16th March

UNISON WALES UNION LEARNING FUND

The UNISON Wales Union Learning Fund team are offering a range of webinars that are free and open to all schools staff. Be quick to sign up as places go fast! Book your free place on the Using Film in the Classroom (28th Feb 10am-12pm) here.
Heart UNISON link here

The UNISON Wales Union Learning Fund team are offering a range of webinars that are free and open to all schools staff. Be quick to sign up as places go fast! Book your free place on the Supporting Children’s Mental Health – Primary & Young Children Practitioner (16th March, 4-5pm) here.
Heart UNISON link here

Childrens Mental Health
Childrens Mental Health

February - 2022

GET HELP TO KEEP WARM

Apply for a grant of up to £200 towards your winter fuel costs.

Link to grant help here

Winter Fuel Grant

February - 2022

date 4th February

WORLD CANCER DAY

We are remembering all those we have lost to this awful disease and to wish the absolute best to those who have beaten it.

At Torfaen UNISON, we are keeping you all in our hearts on this day.

World Cancer Day - 4th February 2022

World Cancer Day

February - 2022

This month date 1st February

TORFAEN UNISON TALK

This is a new initiative that your UNISON branch has come up with to aid us in connecting with our members throughout February as a pilot to see how successful it is.

We will be posting some more information and details on how you can join.

Keep your eyes peeled.

Torfaen Unison Talks

February - 2022

LANDMARK MOVE TO RUN LEISURE SERVICES

Public service workers in Neath Port Talbot are today celebrating after Neath Port Talbot Council decided to place leisure services in public hands.

NPT Unison and branch chair Mark Fisher have been campaigning for this for the past two years.

UNISON is now calling for local authorities across Wales to move away from handing contracts to private companies to run these services.
Link to main story here


January - 2022

GRITTERS IN CARMARTHENSHIRE

Gritters in Carmarthenshire are today in talks with Cyngor Sir Gâr - Carmarthenshire County Council in the hope of averting further industrial action following two days of strikes earlier this month.

Unison Carms manned picket lines last night with further action planned if talks are not successful. #Solidarity

Gritters Carmarthenshire Picketing

January 2022

UNSUNG HEROES

It’s time for the ‘unsung heroes’ of the school day to be recognised in Wales.

By Shavanah Taj, General Secretary, Wales TUC

Teaching assistants are the unsung heroes of the school system.

They play a key role in ensuring that our children and young people receive a full and rewarding education. They were the bedrock of operating school hubs for vulnerable children and those of key workers at the outset of the pandemic. Read more Link to main story


January - December 2021/22

UNISON MEMBERS THANK YOU

A big thank you to all Unison Members working over the Christmas and New Year period.

Christmas Members Thank You

December 2021

Ends January date 14th December

WIN A PRIZE!

Recruit a Friend to UNISON and Win a Prize!

This Christmas we are giving our members the opportunity to £150 worth of gift vouchers of their choice.

All you need to do it recruit a friend to join Torfaen UNISON and become a fully paid member for 4 weeks!

Do you have a friend who works for the local authority, schools, social care etc and would want to join the UK's largest UNISON for local government? If so, ask them to join, and then fill in this form.

To enter fill in the attached form and email it to torfaenunison@torfaenunison.co.uk. Alternatively, you can print it and post to Torfaen UNISON, c/o Civic Centre, Pontypool, NP4 6YB.

Ballot Papers

This needs to be returned by 14th January 2022. We will draw it live on our Facebook page the following week.


December 2021

VOTE YES - BALLOT PAPERS

You should now be starting to receive your ballot papers in the post. It is better to get it done as soon as it comes otherwise you might forget.

Vote Yes
Ballot Papers

December 2021

VOTE YES FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN THE NJC PAY BALLOT

What members need to do

1. Post back your ballot

We will send your ballot paper in early December. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure you use your vote. It is vital that we get a high turnout. We must hear from everyone – every role, every workplace, every pay band! Every member must post their ballot paper back using the freepost envelope so it reaches us by 14 January.

If your ballot is lost or spoiled, you can get a replacement by logging into ‘My Unison’ at my.unison.org.uk or call the hotline on 0800 0 857 857.

The hotline is open between 9 December and 10 January.

2. Vote yes! for action on pay

We know going on strike is not something you do lightly. Your job is incredibly important, and people rely on you. But your employer has made you, and other council and school workers, an unfair offer.

Vote Yes Video

1.75% might sound like it’s better than nothing – but with inflation well above 3%, it’s a real terms pay cut. This year, every pound in your pay packet will really count.

It comes after a decade of declining pay. The value of your pay is now 25% lower than it was in 2010! Year after year, it’s been chipped away.

Unless we say ‘enough!’, your pay will fall further, and those holding the purse strings will get away with it. It’s time to take action.

3. Tell your colleagues

If your colleague is not a member of UNISON, that means they won’t be able to vote, so make sure you tell them to join by 3 January to have their say! They can join online, it takes 5 minutes.

YouTube video campaign link here.


December 2021

OMICRON COVID

Welsh Education Minister has just announced that due to the Omicron Covid variant of concern, all staff and learners in secondary schools, colleges and universities should wear face coverings indoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Link to Omicron covid update

Welsh Government Support Grants

November 2021

FOOD BANKS COLLECTION

It is with sadness that in 2021 we have to collect for food banks. Unfortunately, it's something that many of our members use and we have noticed the need has increased recently.

Torfaen UNISON will be helping to collect the items on the graphic below to help families have the best Christmas possible.

All you need to do is purchase or check your cupboard for one or more of these items and donate it to your

Foodbanks Torfaen

local food bank or arrange for us to collect and we will deliver it to them.

We know they would appreciate a donation, however big or small!


November / December 2021

date 23rd Novemberdate 30th Novemberdate 7th December

LEGO BASED THERAPY

Dear Member,

We are lucky enough to be able to fund another Lego Based Therapy course, as we are aware that some members have not been able to get a place on the courses already advertised.

Therefore, the branch has arranged to facilitate a further course (3 x 45 minutes) using the same tutor. The details for this course are:

Tuesday 23rd November
@ 4pm – 4.45pm
Tuesday 30th November
@ 4pm – 4.45pm
Tuesday 7th December
@ 4pm – 4.45pm

via ZOOM

Lego Based Therapy

Please contact Karen on unisonmon@btconnect.com or call 07748 152707 to book a place.

This course has proved to be very popular and quickly becomes oversubscribed as places are limited, therefore if you want a place please get in touch as soon as possible.

Also be aware that you will need to complete all three sessions.

Kind regards
Cangen Torfaen Unison Branch


November 2021

date 16th November

SCHOOL STAFF FORUM

To register a place, please contact us at torfaenunison@torfaenunison.co.uk or call 01495 766356 on November 16th, 2021 from 16:30 to 17:30 on TEAMS.

Make a date for UNISON School Staff Forum with Rosie Lewis are Regional Organiser and School Lead. Your opportunity to ask questions online and members and non members of Torfaen Schools are welcome.

School Staff Forum

Closing Date
November 2021

closing date 30th November

STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS 2021

Stars in Our Schools 2021 is fast approaching and we've just opened up our 'nominate a star' prize draw.

This is your chance to let a member of school support staff know how much you value the fantastic work they do. Anyone can nominate a school support staff worker for entry into a prize draw to win a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher. (And if your nominee wins, you'll receive a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher too!)

Stars In Our Schools

Entries close on 30 November 2021.

Just know, that even in these difficult and unprecedented times, there is help and support. Link to nominate a Star in Your School


October 2021

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Wales will be first UK nation to make teaching of black histories compulsory #BlackHistoryMonth

A MONUMENT of Wales’ first black headteacher and #BlackHistoryMonth campaigner was unveiled in Cardiff.

Betty Campbell, who died in 2017 at the age of 82, defied her doubters after being told as a child that her dream to become a head teacher was “insurmountable”.

Link to the statue unveiling


October 2021

BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK

We’re lighting up in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021.

Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall, the boathouse at Cwmbran Boating Lake, and the Civic Centre in Pontypool were illuminated in pink and blue in honour of parents and families in Torfaen who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy this week.

Just know, that even in these difficult and unprecedented times, there is help and support. Link to Baby Loss Awareness Support

Candle in hand

If you have been affected by baby loss the Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity (Sands) has information available on their website.  Link to Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

#blaw2021 #babylossawarenessweek2021 #babylossawarenessweek


September 2021

date 18th September to date 23rd September

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

Green UNISON

• 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.


September 2021

REJECT VOTE

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


August 2021

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

Fair Pay Advert

August 2021

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.

Low Pay Workers

July 2021

LET'S TALK

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 unisonmon@btconnect.com 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.

Remember- it’s always good to talk #itsokaytonotbeokay Apply for Talking Therapies.


July 2021

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.

Welsh Government Support Grants

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.

Legal Help:
For you at work and your family at home

Financial Assistance:
And debt advice in times of need

Compensation:
for you and your family

Discounts:
including money off cars and holidays

Helpline:
Our helpline is open until midnight weekdays, and 4pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays

Training:
to help develop your career

Support:
we’ll be with you when you need it most


July 2021

date 20th May

NURSING EVENT

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!

Nursing Event

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


July 2021

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.

School Uniform Help

This is always a popular programme so please get your application in quickly.

Link here to There For You financial support.


July 2021

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.

Link here to Wales Long Covid At Work Survey.


June 2021

WORKPLACE DISPUTES

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.

Link here to Christina McAnea report.

Contact Torfaen Branch

UNISON Office
Civic Centre
Pontypool
NP4 6YB
Telephone: 01495 766356