SATURDAY 16th January

at 10:00 - 11:30am or at 10:45 - 11:15pm. 



Each meeting is scheduled for 1/2 hour duration and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Due to the Corona Virus it is not possible to hold face to face meeting as normal so these meetings will be held Virtually.




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To Receive a Report on Honoraria for :

  • ●  R. Kirby

  • ●  R. Lloyd Jones

  • ●  B. Salter ● Auditor



Covid-19 and the future


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Tuesday 12th January

12 Noon - 12.30 & 12.45 - 1.15pm

***Saturday 16th January

10.00 – 10.30am & 10.45 - 11.15am

Tuesday 19th January

2.00 - 2.30pm & 2.45 - 3.15pm

Thursday 21st January

11.45pm – 12.15am (Night Shift)

***Saturday 23rd January

10.00 – 10.30am & 10.45 – 11.15am

Monday 25th January

2.00 - 2.30pm & 2.45 - 3.15pm

Thursday 28th January

12 Noon - 12.30 & 12.45 - 1.15pm

Also on night shift: 11.45pm – 12.15am

Monday 1st February

2.00 - 2.30pm & 2.45 - 3.15pm

Thursday 4th February

2.00 - 2.30pm & 2.45 - 3.15pm

Monday 8th February

12 Noon - 12.30 & 12.45 - 1.15pm

Thursday 11th February

11.45pm – 12.15am (Night Shift)


***Saturday 13th February


10.00 - 10.30am & 10.45 - 11.15am

Tuesday 16th February

12 Noon – 12.30 & 12.45 – 1.15pm


Thursday 18th February


11.45pm – 12.15am (Night Shift)

Thursday 25th February

12 Noon - 12.30 & 12.45 - 1.15pm


***Saturday 27th February


10.00 – 10.30am & 10.45 – 11.15am

Thursday 4th March

11.45pm – 12.15am (Night Shift)

*** Saturday 6th March

10.00 - 10.30am & 10.45 - 11.15am


Thursday 11th March


2.00 - 2.30pm & 2.45 - 3.15pm


***Saturday 13th March


10.00 – 10.30am & 10.45 – 11.15am

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Half of all staff absences are Covid related

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Working parents – particularly mothers – are in an impossible situation this lockdown. UNISON is calling for paid parental leave to support them

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Worried about your finances? UNISON can help

UNISON can offer a range of financial assistance for members – ranging from specific COVID-19 grants to debt advice, benefits advice and winter fuel grants

10 January 2021 
Embargo: 00:01hrs Monday 11 January 2021 


Thank NHS staff with proper pay rise, say health unions 


Football pundit Gary Lineker, comedian Jo Brand and Hollywood star David Oyelowo are among celebrities backing a fair pay campaign launched today (Monday) by health unions. 


To mark International Thank You Day, the 14 unions are urging the public to use social media to champion the vital work of all health staff by supporting a decent pay rise.   


The unions – representing workers including 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, administrators, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics, and other NHS employees – are asking people to share hashtags such as #FairPay, and to message their MPs.   


Also taking part on the day will be DJ Annie Mac, TV presenter Konnie Huq, and Deborah Meaden, the Dragon’s Den investor and businesswoman.  


A video released to mark the event features a diverse range of the staff who keep the NHS running and continue to do so through the pandemic.   


UNISON head of health Sara Gorton, who also chairs the NHS group of unions, said: “The NHS is facing the worst crisis in its history.   


“Everyone is relying on health workers in many different roles to see us through. Clapping has been a way of showing support, but the government now needs to pay up.” 


Chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Donna Kinnair said: “Last year, nursing staff were buoyed by overwhelming public gratitude. Today presents a new and different way to display that same strength of feeling. 


“But health care staff need to hear long after today there’s public support to treat them better, recognise their skill and pay them fairly.”


Executive director for external relations at the Royal College of Midwives Jon Skewes, who is also treasurer for the NHS group of unions, said: “NHS staff are currently holding the country together. They’re facing a challenge like never before, which is made worse by staffing shortages.  

“The government needs to act now to acknowledge their contribution and commitment. Ministers must give staff an early and significant pay rise that would help restore their pay in real terms. It would also ensure there are enough staff to future-proof the NHS."


Notes to editors:  
- International Thank You Day will go live at 9am on Monday 11 January 2021.  
- Click here to watch the video featuring health staff.  
- The 14 NHS unions are: British Association of Occupational Therapists, British Dietetic Association, British Orthoptic Society, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, College of Podiatry, Federation of Clinical Scientists, GMB, Managers in Partnership, Prison Officers Association, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, Society of Radiographers, UNISON and Unite. 


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Health News - keep up to date with all things health care.


In this edition of Health News:


  • Read our one team 2k branch update

  • Learn about the new developments regarding the immunisation of NHS staff

  • Find out how we're keeping abreast of the vaccination rollout, and more

We hope you find this newsletter informative and useful.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch

Kind regards,

UNISON Health Team


One team 2k pay update for branches 
The latest COVID surge is leaving health staff across the UK exhausted and stretched to breaking point, strengthening our case that staff deserve an early pay rise of at least £2k.

Right now, branches and members have limited time to campaign on pay, but public support for NHS staff is as strong as ever. Please read the update for branches on our pay strategy. Also the joint union #WithNHSstaff campaign is mobilising public support for NHS pay.   
Our next scheduled Two Days for 2k campaign activity is 27-29 January. We will update you on virtual actions you can promote easily and quickly during the Two Days, even where workplace activities are difficult to organise.
Read the branch update

Immunisation of NHS staff – January 2021 update
The programme to immunise NHS staff against COVID-19 is continuing.

There have been some important developments in recent weeks which it will be useful for health branches to know about.

We have updated our FAQs for branches with further information.
Read the updated FAQs

Vaccination workforce
Mass population vaccination is being rolled out by the government at speed. UNISON continues to raise questions about how the vaccination workforce will be operated and managed. 

We are expecting publication of a Standard Operating Procedure and some FAQs for England, which will give more details and we will provide these to branches as soon as possible. Different arrangements for the vaccination workforce might apply in the devolved administrations.

Your input needed: EHRC inquiry on racial inequality and Covid
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is conducting a formal inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces which covers England, Scotland and Cymru/Wales. It focuses on low paid workers looking at race, employment status, immigration status and working conditions – and the consequences of that through the pandemic.

We are working with colleagues on a comprehensive UNISON response. The EHRC has powers to make formal recommendations so this is a good opportunity to raise important issues including outsourcing and the effects of structural racism.

Please share any experiences or views you have on this – however anecdotal – by end of January.
Inquiry terms of reference

Overseas nurses joining the NMC temporary register
The NMC is operating a temporary emergency register to allow groups of staff to assist in the response to COVID-19, and they are inviting thousands more nurses from overseas (who have not yet completed the process for full registration) to join.

The majority of these nurses will be in acute trusts in England.

It is extremely important these nurses are well supported and in contact with UNISON if possible. We have produced guidance for them which your branch can order and share.

Please encourage any overseas nurses you have contact with to attend our webinar for online advice from UNISON on 18 January.
Download and share our guidance for overseas nurses
(Share the link to) register for our webinar

Shielding staff and vaccination
Some employers in England have sought to require shielding staff to return to work after their first vaccination dose.

This has been raised with NHS Employers – who have confirmed that:

Irrespective of whether they have been vaccinated in accordance with national guidelines, those who are shielding are to be advised to continue to do so.”

You may find this useful if this comes up locally.
Read the NHS Employers advice (scroll down to ‘Staff vaccination and shielding CEV staff’)

Violence is not part of the job! New standard published
A new Violence Prevention and Reduction Standard has been agreed and published, via the Social Partnership Forum (England). 

The Violence Prevention and Reduction Standard provides an agreed framework under which UNISON Branches Health and Safety reps have a role in partnership in making workplaces safer for staff and patients. Although the standard is for the NHS in England, the principles and advice may be applicable to branches in devolved administrations.

Visit our website (update pending due to COVID) for a new branch guide and campaign materials, including social media graphics and a posterOrder yours and put one in every workplace.
Visit our “No NHS Violence” webpage

Read the latest Unison Welfare Newsletter here:

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Recruitment/Engagement Event


All Recrutment/Engagement events have been suspended for the forseeable future!


You can still join online or by asking your local rep.





UNISON Wales has been in ongoing discussions with employers at local and all Wales levels, and also with Welsh Government Ministers, seeking agreement that all staff who are required by their employer to work from home, should be paid an allowance by their employer to cover the extra costs incurred by home working. Since the […]

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How one of our rep's, Angela Gorman, went on to become CEO of Life for African Mothers and earned herself an MBE in the process.



Read Angela's story here

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COVID-19 has shone a light on the importance of workplace safety hasn't it?


Health and Safety at work in Wales has never been more important.

 Why are we saying this?  Well, Health and Safety at work is always important, but the world has changed a lot in the last 6 months and we are all experiencing changes in the ways we work.  We all have a lot going on with adjusting to constantly changing guidance so right now, it is more important than ever.  



UNISON has been at the forefront of all negotiations with Welsh Government and employers about keeping public sector workers safe.  No one understands those workplaces better than the people who work in them, which is why we have launched our new campaign, Be on the Safe Side, to support new Health and Safety reps across Wales.


 We need people like you to help keep your workplace safe. 

I want to help keep my workplace safe

Health and Safety reps provide staff a formal way to raise their concerns about safety at work.  They work with employers to make workplaces safer places for everyone.  You don't have to be an expert already - UNISON Health and Safety reps are fully trained and entitled to time off for this training.

Do you think you and your colleagues would benefit from some Health and Safety support from Wales' largest trade union? 

Yes, tell me how we can help

So wherever you work, whatever you do, we want to support you and your colleagues to be on the safe side.


NHS Wales


COVID – 19 (Coronavirus)

Frequently Asked Questions for NHS Managers and Employees FAQs up to date as at 15.00, 1 October 2020


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Government must put system in hands of public health bodies

The UNISON NHS Pay claim -


One Team2k was agreed by UNISON Health Service Group Executive - a committee of UNISON activists across the UK who all work in the NHS, back in June and we were the first union to formally launch a pay claim back in July.


A lot of thought was put in to the 2k for All figure which we believe is affordable and achievable. UNISON also surveyed our NHS members on our proposed pay claim and of those that responded over 84% agreed with a 2k pay claim and also with an early settlement this year instead of waiting until April 2021.


UNISON was the first union to formally lodge our claim in writing with the UK Prime Minister. UNISON had hoped for a joint unions approach on Pay but unfortunately other unions have set their own figures, which some believe are unachievable and unrealistic in the current economic climate.


Most unions initial position was 5% but then this changed recently to a higher figure.


UNISON has remained consistent that 2k for All AFC staff means no one gets a pound more or less than anyone else.


We have calculated our pay claim to cost £3.4b.


UNISON is a member led union with members making the decisions on key issues that affect them.


UNISON is the largest trade union in the UK, the largest Health union in the UK and the largest trade union in Wales.


Please advise the member of the above information and also to the UNISON website for more info on our NHS Pay claim .


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U digital... from UNISON
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Learning through lockdown and beyond

With the economic impact of coronavirus already hitting hard, learning and knowledge are going to be more important than ever, and UNISON is actively supporting members to be as skilled as possible. 

Check out the latest edition of the union's dedicated learning magazine, ULearn, which is available online now, featuring:

  • learning in lockdown with the online skills academy
  • dealing with trauma
  • how UNISON supports its members.
And visit UNISON's dedicated learning website to find a course that suits you.
Latest edition of ULearn
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Contact the branch for details.

Resource for Staff working/ shielding at home

Living and working well.pdf
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New guidance on RIDDOR

NHS Employers have published two flow charts to help employers identify when they should report COVID-19 under RIDDOR (Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) based on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance. 

There is also advice on NHS E/I formal reporting in the event of the death of an NHS worker. Branches should check employers are aware and continue to encourage members to report incidents of COVID-19 exposure.

RIDDOR and HSE apply across the UK, so the NHS Employers flow charts will be of relevance and interest to all the devolved administrations.

NHS Employers COVID-19 sickness absence advice
HSE RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19
Help for members
Graphic with rainbow and words: COVID-19 response fund we're there for you
COVID-19 response fund launched

There for You is UNISON’s unique charity, set up to help members in difficulties – and this year, the COVID-19 crisis is making life harder for many of our already-stretched members.

The welfare charity has set up a special fund to respond to calls for help because of the pandemic, with £250,000 set aside for members in need. Our members can only apply for a grant if they know about it so please share as widely as you can.

Watch and share our film on the fund on Twitter
Watch and share our film on the fund on Facebook
Read more about the launch
Find out more about the fund and how members can apply
PPE: Help save lives
Our members in care, the NHS and other vital public services have risen to the challenge of dealing with this pandemic.

But many feel they are  being forced to put themselves in harm’s way every time they go to work because this government is not keeping its promises on personal protective equipment (PPE).
Sign and share our petition calling for PPE not promises
Coronavirus: latest advice and updates
It's good to talk – especially now
Wakefield local government branch has taken an innovative approach to welcoming its surge of new members during COVID-19.
Read the full article
COVID-19 affects Black and women workers worse
Anyone can be infected by COVID-19. But it’s increasingly clear that that’s where the equality ends.
Read the full story

Wellbeing guides



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Here are the posters and the most up to date PPE info 

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Welsh nurse's heartfelt plea for more personal protective equipment so they can return to families 'unscathed' after pandemic, UNISON Swansea Bay Health branch's Libby Nolan video featured and regional secretary Tanya Palmer quoted, Wales Online.


Welsh heath and care workers have no access to PPE, Unison Cymru says, regional secretary Tanya Palmer quoted, Morning Star



Health workers feel 'actively discouraged' to protect themselves over PPE supply fears, references open letter from healthcare workers endorsed by UNISON, ITV Wales

CORVID 19 Frequently Asked Questions


Self Isolating

Typical Questions 

I have an underlying health conditions should I be self isolating?

My Partner/child has an underlying health conditions should I be self isolating?

I am aged over 70 should I be self isolating?

I am in at risk group as identified by the UK Government should I be self Isolating?

I am pregnant, should I be self Isolating?



If you have an underlying health conditions and you are not sure about attending work go to for guidance then speak to your line manager.

Do not contact Occupational Health!



Typical Questions

What is the situation with PPE?

We think we need more or better PPE?

We have no face masks available in our section what should we do?

Staff in my area are being told not to wear masks as there are not enough to go round.


The Health Board is receiving large amounts of PPE on a daily basis. The situation within the Health Board is being monitored and reviewed daily. If you think your area has insufficient PPE speak to your line manager.




Ive been told that I will have to work in another area, do I have to change where I work?

Ive been told that I will have to work on another site, do I have to change sites?



We are in unprecedented times which means that the Health Board has to change and evolve to meet the challenge of Corvid 19, this will often mean redeployment of staff to meet the demand and it is expected that staff will cooperate where possible. If you have issues about a proposed redeployment speak to your line manager in the first instance.


Change of duties


I’ve been told that I will have to do different and unfamiliar work is that right?



Given the challenge of Corvid 19 which we all face, this will often mean staff are asked to meet the demand by being flexible and adapt to the necessary changes, it is expected that staff will cooperate where possible. Staff will not be expected to work beyond their pay grade! If you have issues about a proposed change to your work speak to your line manager in the first instance.


Working from home


The government has said that everyone who can should be working from home, does that apply to NHS staff?

I don’t see patients why can’t I work from home?


Working from home


Child care issues

I have young children and no one to look after them while I’m in work what should I do?




As NHS staff you are identified as a Key Worker by the UK government and therefore schools will be open for your child even though all schools are technically closed for the foreseeable future. Check your Local Authority website for details about provision for your child.


Please keep checking the website for the latest factual updates!


Unsocial hours payments


The Minister has agreed the reinstatement of the unsocial hours payments from day one for a temporary period and to enable the release of the ‘held’ back pay. 

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Sick Pay (25th March 2020)


Update for all Regional Health Committee delegates:

Due to the current situation regarding corona virus, the Health Minister has agreed to the reinstatement of the unsocial hours payments from day one for a temporary period.  The Minister has also agreed to enable the release of any ‘held’ back pay. 

We will be working with Welsh Government to update the FAQs and to arrange for release of the payments.

Student Nurse 

England have agreed guidelines for Student Nurses which were circulated last week.  We are currently awaiting confirmation of the position in Wales.



We know that there are problems about PPE and Tanya Palmer our Regional Secretary, is daily letting the Welsh Government know our concerns.  Can you let us know if your members face further problems over the next week.

Donna Hutton, 

Acting Head of Health

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Have you received the latest copy of U magazine?


If not your details may be out of date.





Help us help you!



It is important that you keep your personal details up to date.



Have you moved address, changed your telephone number or email address?



If you have, you need to update this information!


My UNISON link


If we don’t have your correct contact details you will miss out on membership offers, announcements or information about voting ballots that may be held.



The 'Save Barry Hospital Ward' petition is live on the Welsh Government website. Please take a moment to sign and join our campaign to defend the Hospital ward."


Dear Colleague,




Nine Welsh local authorities have already signed up to the Robin Hood Tax. Is your council one of them? We want all UNISON Cymru Wales branches to encourage their councils, AM and MP to sign up to the Robin Hood Tax, which could potentially deliver millions of pounds for public services in Wales.


Robin Hood Tax resources are attached for your use.


The PowerPoint presentation is also attached and below is a link to the councillor’s hub with model motions and briefings etc.


With best wishes,


Dominic MacAskill 
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol 
The Courtyard / Y Libart 
Wind Street 
Swansea / Abertawe 
SA1 1DP 
Phone / ffon: 01792 483918
e-mail / e-bost:



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