UNISON members may be wondering how to react to the government’s imposed pay award. Here are some facts to help you decide what 3% means for you




Hi All


Please see above updated UNISON NHS Pay Presentation link for sharing. 


It is vital that we get a good turnout from members in this consultative pay ballot as this will shape the direction we go in when the ballot closes on 17 September.


In the first week of the ballot opening only 11% of members in Wales had voted so please push this with Branch reps to encourage members.


The Cymru Wales Joint Pay Campaign has received extensive coverage across the media in Wales.


Kind Regards


Paul Summers

Regional Manager

UNISON Cymru Wales



Our local services face catastrophic cuts. Help us stand up for them and take action now

Brand new: Crumbling to dust in front of our eyes

We've made an exciting new film to highlight how our vital local services are disappearing, in front of our very eyes – and how we can all help save them. And it launches today!

Encourage your members to watch and share the film, email their MP (or MSP or AM) and find out how bad the cuts are where they live.

Our exciting new film – watch and share
Email your MP now – it takes seconds
Where you live – what are the cuts like?
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MPs from all parties must defeat Westminster government’s plans to further criminalise and punish those fleeing for their lives

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Christina McAnea  
Afghans now, all refugees in the future
What's going on in Afghanistan now highlights the Westminster government's cruel refugee plans. MPs from all parties must come together and defeat the proposals to further criminalise and punish those fleeing for their lives.
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Behind the headlines
Call 999: Who saves the lifesavers?
We need them when things are at their worst. Although it has recently been hidden by the pandemic, demand on paramedics has been increasing year on year. How can our first responders be helped? National officer and former paramedic Alan Lofthouse examines the problems.
Read the full story
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There for You: The impact we make
UNISON's unique charity has been making a difference for years, but the past 18 months have been like no other. See the difference There for You has made fo our members' lives.
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Equalities: New interactive calendar launched
UNISON's new interactive equalities calendar has links to events and campaigns throughout the year and you can download it and use it in your workplace or branch. It'll provide you with loads of ideas to get organised and help spread our message.
Download the calendar (pdf)

Poet and author Michael Rosen joined UNISON's head of health Sara Gorton to talk about his debt of thanks to NHS workers after spending 12 weeks in hospital with coronavirus, and his views on the union’s campaign for a £2,000 pay rise for every member of NHS staff. The event, held on 26 May 2021, was organised by UNISON's Eastern region.

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Porters, cleaners, nurses, paramedics and other health workers say the 3 per cent pay award announced by Welsh government falls short

NHS pay announcement (England) - 3%
The Government has announced it will implement a 3% pay rise for all NHS AfC staff in England as recommended by the PRB. The rise will be backdated to 1 April 2021.

This is not a negotiated outcome so the government and employers will move to implement it - we don't know yet when it will appear in salaries.

The HSGE has a policy commitment to consult members on the outcome of the pay round and whether members want the union to challenge it. The chairing team of the HSGE are calling an emergency meeting to make decisions on the process, content and timetable for the consultative ballot.

We will send updates out via Branch Health News once decisions have been made.

We will provide further information on Wales and Northern Ireland when we have it.
Click here to view the UNISON press release
Read the initial update email sent to all members in England

Dear Colleague

Please find attached details of an online Nurse Learning Event taking place on 20th July – we have a range of short webinars throughout the day that should appeal to everyone, take a look:

  *   H&S in the Workplace
  *   Online Lies & Misinformation
  *   Nurse Question Time (UNISON specific)
  *   Dealing with Grief
  *   Student Nurse Watch Party
  *   Green Agenda
  *   Maths for Nurses
  *   Mindfulness

You can just book onto one session, or you can book on them all – the choice is yours!!  Just follow the web link or scan the QR code to register your place.

The event is funded by UNISON & the WULF Project, so there is no fee to attend (although please note that some webinars are UNISON member specific).

Please can you distribute this as widely as possible?

Kind Regards


Jenny Griffin
Area Learning Development Organiser
UNISON 'Connecting Learners' - Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) Email address: j.griffin@unison.co.uk<mailto:j.griffin@unison.co.uk> / cymruwaleswulf@unison.co.uk<mailto:cymruwaleswulf@unison.co.uk>
UNISON Cymru Wales, UNISON House, Custom House Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AP

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Dear UNISON Cymru/Wales Member,


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Cover is for UK residents aged 18-69. It lasts for one year and then you can renew it again for free. For full terms and conditions, please click here.


It's quick and easy to apply and is yet another reason why it pays to be a UNISON member.


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Dear all,


The Wales TUC has organised an event focusing on job creation and youth unemployment for next week, 30th June ,10am start.


The event is aimed at TU representatives and officials/organisers and will discuss best practice in terms of union/employer partnerships on job creation and schemes such as Kickstart. 


There will be a particular focus on the public sector, local gov and housing.  the event will also have some Welsh Government colleagues talking about the young person guarantee announced in the programme for government, and the Wales TUC will be launching our young workers toolkit.


Please consider attending and circulate this information around your activist networks.


Event – Job creation for young workers. The role of trade unions – 30th June 10am

Youth unemployment is rising and almost half of those who have lost their job since the start of the pandemic are young workers. This event will look at the role trade union reps and officials can play in addressing this issue. There will be guest speakers from both the union and employer perspective, presenting on the various job creation schemes available in Wales and discussion on how unions can use collective bargaining to support young workers into sustainable employment - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lNiOaUMNT6uzI6Q77grxRQ






Dominic MacAskill
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol


e-mail / e-bost: d.macaskill@unison.co.uk 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DomMacAskill





Embargoed until: 00.01 hours Friday 25 June 2021




The mental and physical health of a third of people working from home in Wales has deteriorated because of the new ways of working.


The same proportion of workers have not received any health and safety guidance about working from home.


These are some of key findings from the biggest Welsh survey of its kind into the effects of working from home.


UNISON Cymru Wales surveyed 950 workers delivering public services across local government; health; higher education; further education; police and justice; water; environment; transport; community and energy sectors.


The trade union says, whilst many have benefitted from working from home, too few employers have fully considered all the implications for their staff of home working and are not providing health and safety guidance.


UNISON’s survey shows a third of home workers are working longer hours and report a decline in their work-life balance.


Home workers reported experiencing musculoskeletal pain, feeling more fatigued, disrupted sleep patterns and eye strain.


The trade union wants employers to immediately act to ensure public service workers working from home have all the support they require.


UNISON Cymru Wales’ survey of home working found: -

  • 34 per cent were not provided with any health and safety guidance about working from home
  • 62 per cent say their employer did not conduct a homeworking risk assessment
  • 50 per cent are now doing more work (31 per cent the same amount)
  • 34 per cent are working more hours (59 per cent the same hours)
  • 35 per cent say their physical health has deteriorated
  • 34 per cent say their mental health has deteriorated
  • 27 per cent say their work-life balance has been negatively impacted


UNISON also points to generally lower paid workers on the front line in their communities, NHS staff, care workers, refuse workers and many others who by the nature of their jobs do not have a choice about whether they wish to work from home. The union says, generally better paid workers and managers have been able to benefit from home working.


Lianne Dallimore, UNISON Cymru Wales Local Government Committee chair, said,

“People are working harder and longer hours from our homes and it’s having an impact. A third of employees haven’t been given any health and safety guidance and there is a direct link to increased health problems and worsening work-life balance as personal time is consumed by work.


“This isn’t the kind of society I want to live in. Out of the Covid disaster, we have the opportunity to shape a fairer and kinder world. That means employers being more pro-active to support staff in the new ways of working and listening to their views and involving their trade unions.


“We have to be very wary of unfair divides opening up in society too, between the generally low paid front-line workers, for whom working from home is not an option and better paid who may be able to choose where they work.


“Lower paid workers must be better valued by society; they kept our communities going when times were at their darkest in lockdown.”


Dave Rees, UNISON Cymru Wales convenor, said,

“Home working under lockdown has adjusted the lives of many, but not everyone has been equally effected. Many employers expect more work to be done by their workforce for the same wages and they have ignored their duty of care to ensure employees’ safety and wellbeing. This is not acceptable.


“UNISON’s calling for Welsh government to ensure employers are providing their public service workers with all the necessary support for home working.”


Notes for editors

  • UNISON surveyed 947 workers delivering public services in the community, health, local government, further education, higher education, police and justice, water, environment, transport and energy sectors, in April 2021


Q. Before the Covid pandemic, which of the following best describes your job?

I never/ rarely work from home                                                      77.4%

Occasionally I work from home                                                     14%

I regularly work from home                                                            6.1%

I work from home most days of the week                                     2.4%


Q. Since the Covid pandemic started in March 2020, have you worked from home some or all of the time?

Yes, all of time                                                                                  54.9%

Yes, some of the time                                                                     34.6%

No                                                                                                       10.5%


Q. If not, do you think it would be possible for your job to be done from home if you had the right support?

Yes                                                                                                     16.2%

No                                                                                                       78.8%

I don’t know                                                                                      5.1%


Q. Did your employer conduct a homeworking risk assessment?

Yes                                                                                                     38.8%

No                                                                                                       61.7%


Q. Did your employer provide you with any health and safety guidance about working from home?

Yes                                                                                                     66.4%

No                                                                                                       33.6%


Q. Whilst working from home during the pandemic, have you got as much work done as when you’re working in the workplace?

More work                                                                                         50.2%

Same amount of work                                                                     31.2%

Less work                                                                                          18.6%


Q. Have you continued to work your contracted hours whilst working from home?

More hours                                                                                       34.1%

Same hours                                                                                      58.7%

Less hours                                                                                        7.3%


Q. Working from home, has contact from your line manager been…

More frequent                                                                                   22.6%

Same                                                                                                  45.9%

Less frequent                                                                                   31.5%


Q. Has working from home effected your physical health?

Improved                                                                                            20.6%

Stayed same                                                                                     44.5%

Deteriorated                                                                                      35%


Q. How has working from home impacted on your physical health?

I’ve started experiencing musculoskeletal pain such as

backache/ hip pain                                                                          27%

I feel more fatigued                                                                         31.8%

I have developed a poor sleep pattern                                         23.7%

I have experienced eye strain                                                        23.4%

Other                                                                                                  12.6%

I have experienced no physical health problem                         38.6%



Q. How has working from home impacted on your mental health and well-being?

Improved                                                                                            18.7 %

Stayed the same                                                                              47.5%

Deteriorated                                                                                      33.8%


Q. How has working from home effected your work-life balance?

Improved                                                                                            43.9%

Stayed the same                                                                              28.7%

Deteriorated                                                                                      27.4%


Q. Where would you like to work in the long term?

Permanently working from home                                                  14.6%

Agile working (office and homeworking)                                      71.7%

Fully office based                                                                             13.8%


Q. What are the barriers that would make long-term working from home undesirable for you?

Health and safety considerations                                                 18.2%

Mental health and well-being                                                        50.8%

Costs too high                                                                                  13.8%

Family circumstances don’t suit homeworking                           14.6%

I am unable to adhere fully to GDPR regulations in my home 12%

Other                                                                                                  39.9%



Alastair Gittins, UNISON Cymru Wales press officer on 07816 53 83 97

We recorded three short videos yesterday during our Cymru Wales #2daysfor2k activity


Watch lead officer for health, Paul Summers talking about our NHS pay campaign


Watch chair of the UNISON Senedd group, Caerphilly MS Hefin David, explain why he supports a fair pay increase for all NHS staff


Watch UNISON member and Bridgend MS, Sarah Murphy on why all healthcare workers deserve a fair pay increase


Christina McAnea giving speech in front of Special Delegate Conference 2021 UNISON backdrop
Invest in public services and learn the pandemic lessons

UNISON history was made this week as the democracy of the UK's largest union continued amid passionate online debates across local government, WET, energy and currently at the special online delegate conference.

Addressing the special delegate conference today (Wednesday), Christina McAnea urged the Westminster government to learn the lessons of the pandemic, bring forward a public inquiry and to ditch plans to compel nervous care workers to be jabbed.

Christina McAnea's speech to conference
President opens special delegate conference
Conference demands a full COVID-19 inquiry
'We must be the generation that rebuilds'
'Unions are very 2021' – so let's keep growing
The G7 and vaccine access
The US donation of half a billion vaccines sounds impressive – but it's a drop in the ocean against a global pandemic. Vaccine manufacturing rights need to be freed up now.
Read the general secretary's blog
Follow Christina on Twitter
  Christina McAnea
All eyes on Boris 

We’re launching a series of actions to place the focus firmly on the PM as he makes his decision on NHS pay. While directly affecting NHS workers in England, Boris Johnson’s decision will have implications for Northern Ireland and Cymru/Wales too.

So, as we kick off the final 2 days for 2k on June 23rd, we’re heading down to Westminster with one clear message and some huge ?s. "All eyes on Boris" as he makes his decision on NHS pay. Meanwhile we'll be covering social media with more beady eyes, asking members to share the message far and wide.

Help amplify the Westminster and social media stunt using the social assets provided from the 23rd June onwards.

In the following weeks we'll be keeping our focus firmly on the PM, launching an open letter from NHS staff to let Boris Johnson know NHS workers are watching to see if he turns his words of gratitude for NHS staff into action and a proper pay rise.

More details and everything you need to get members involved coming soon.

All Eyes On Boris Social Media Assets

Regional secretary, Karen Loughlin’s 500-word article, Wales can lead the world in ‘ethical’ employment, appears in today’s Morning Star to coincide with Wales TUC Congress.

Scotland NHS members vote to accept pay offer
UNISON Scotland members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the NHS pay offer from Scottish Government, worth 4% overall on the paybill.

UNISON Scotland had recommended the offer as the best that could be achieved through negotiation. UNISON Scotland has called on the new cabinet secretary for health to implement the pay deal as soon as possible.

The Scottish Government response to UNISON’s campaign highlights the farcical position of the UK Government. The Prime Minister can, at any time, end the needless delays to this pay round and find the investment for a meaningful pay rise for NHS staff.

Karen Loughlin, UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary 73 per cent of the Welsh public believe the Welsh government should do more to lift children out of poverty. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Friday). The poll was commissioned by public services union, UNISON Cymru Wales, which has made […]

Pay campaign poster. Care worker attends to elderly man
UNISON's public service pay campaign targets 6 May voters 

Voters are being reminded that thousands of public sector workers face a government pay freeze, in a campaign launched by UNISON ahead of the 6 May elections.

Care home staff, hospital porters and teaching assistants are among key workers featured in a series of hard-hitting films on social media, which show them carrying out vital jobs during the pandemic – only to be let down by the government. 

The union wants the public to give their support where it matters most – at the ballot box. 

Blog: Vote for fair pay on 6 May
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Use the campaign resources 

70 per cent of the Welsh public believe companies receiving public money should not be allowed to hire staff on zero-hour contracts. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Friday). The poll, commissioned by public services union, UNISON, also found Welsh people want the next Senedd government to improve […]

72 per cent of the Welsh public would support the creation of a National Care Service, similar to the NHS, to deliver social care for older, disabled and vulnerable people. That’s the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 1,021 people released today (Wednesday). The poll, commissioned by public services union, UNISON, also found 90 […]

Dates set for a Special Online Health Conference, 20-21 September
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, UNISON’s National Executive Council agreed earlier this year that motion-based conferences should take place on a virtual platform in 2021. We can now confirm that a Special Health Conference will take place over two days, on Mon 20 and Tues 21 September.

Plans are under way and regional health committees are currently being consulted about the conference. Further details, along with key dates and deadlines will be issued in early May, and branches will be given plenty of time to submit motions/amendments and register to participate. Any questions can be emailed to us.
Report on behalf of your Cymru/Wales NEC member

Please see below report on behalf of your Cymru/Wales NEC member , can you please disseminate to all branches , Committees , Regional Council , Forums and anyone else you feel would benefit from below.




UNISON’s number one priority remains the support of members who have been delivering public services for over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told the union’s national executive council (NEC) at an online meeting today (Wednesday).


But the union is also focussed on what will happen in the post-COVID recovery, particularly in terms of members’ pay, and it will work to ensure public services and the interests of the union’s members are central to the elections taking place across the UK on 6 May.


The union also continues to “look outwards”, with the general secretary warning that as long as COVID-19 rages in other parts of the world the virus can still “come back to harm us in the UK”.


Reflecting on a mixed few months, the general secretary said the Supreme Court’s decision last month, which failed to establish that care workers should be paid the national minimum wage for every hour of their sleep-in shifts, was a “major blow”.


“The decision makes a mockery of national minimum wage legislation,” said Ms McAnea, “but we will continue the fight. We will be keeping a close eye on employers changing rates of pay and we will be pushing the government to change the legislation.


“UNISON will be redoubling our efforts to achieve meaningful reform of social care across the UK.”


The general secretary also said that the fight for fair pay for members would be stepped up, with the union “raising the temperature on pay” with a coordinated campaign supporting individual sector-specific actions while taking account of national variations across the UK.


Pay would also feature in work across the union leading up to the various elections around the UK on 6 May for councils, police and crime commissioners and national assemblies. “The results of these elections will have a direct impact on the lives of our members,” the general secretary said.


Ms McAnea also noted that: “We continue to be a union campaigning on wider international issues and will continue to ensure that vaccines are being made available in developing countries. This is a global pandemic and it needs a global response.”


The NEC also passed motions ahead of the special delegate conference in June on the impact of COVID-19 on UNISON members, public services and working life and securing an equal and sustainable post-pandemic settlement.


The NEC also:

heard how January was a record month for new members joining the union, with education and young members being particularly strong

welcomed the record number of health and safety reps being trained

recommitted to the importance of member and activist education and union learning reps after the government closed the union learning fund

had an update on arrangements for the special delegate conference in June

welcomed UNISON wins for health members at Frimley Health Foundation Trust and local government members at Chesterfield Borough Council

agreed to work with the Labour Party to counter the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which threatens to curb the right to peaceful protests

sent a message of solidarity to members of the public sector confederation currently on trial in Turkey.


Please see attached Campaigns bulletin  



I hope you find this helpful.




Please stay safe and look after yourself .


I hopefully look forward to seeing you in 2021 .


Kind regards


Mark Fisher 

Your Cymru/Wales NEC Member

FAQs on Covid bonus payments for Welsh NHS staff:




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More on Covid bonus for Welsh NHS and care staff


UK national press

NHS and social care staff in Wales to get £753 bonus for work in pandemic, lead officer for health, Paul Summers quoted, Metro

NHS and social care staff in Wales to receive £735 bonus for ‘truly remarkable’ Covid effortslead officer for health, Paul Summers quoted, the newspaper.


Welsh press

Wales' NHS and care staff to receive new £735 Covid bonus, lead officer for health, Paul Summers, quoted, County Times. This story was also covered by the South Wales Evening Post, South Wales Echo, Rhyl Journal, North Wales Pioneer and the Herald Wales, each quoting Paul. This is in addition to the coverage previously circulated.



From Cardiff to Chad: An incredible journey!


The remarkable story of how a nurse from Cardiff & Vale UHB saved hundreds of thousands of lives and earned herself an MBE.


Angela also happened to be an officer of Cardiff & Vale Unison Health Branch.


Read the inspiring story of Angela Gorman: 


From Cardiff to Chad: a neonatal nurse’s extraordinary career

Unison demonstration
'This worrying attack on the right to protest'

UNISON has serious concerns that the new police bill being fast-tracked through Parliament would seriously affect the union's ability to protest peacefully, effectively and free from interference.

'The point of a demonstration is to be heard and to have an impact – the explicit aim of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill seems to be to minimise any impact,' writes the general secretary.

Read more in the general secretary's blog

A proper pay rise is crucial to keep the NHS running, says UNISON


A pay rise of at least £2,000 is crucial to retain, reward and recruit all the NHS staff that have given so much in the past year, says UNISON. 


Earlier today, health workers helped UNISON present its evidence to the NHS pay review body. 


This includes data from a survey of 10,000 NHS staff working across the UK outlining concerns over pay, the status of NHS employees and their confidence in the government, says UNISON. 


The findings reveal that a staggering level of distrust of the government existed long before its 1% pay proposals came to light, UNISON says. 


More than four in five (85%) say they are angry at how NHS staff are being treated by ministers, with only one in ten (10%) saying the government values NHS staff. 


With 100,000 NHS vacancies unfilled, keeping hold of experienced staff, who train, guide and mentor new recruits, is crucial to the future of the health service, the union says.


But the survey suggests more than six in ten (64%) are questioning their future in the health service over the government’s approach to pay, says UNISON. More than half (52%) say they are considering leaving the NHS in the next year, the union adds. 


Of those considering leaving, 44% want to bring forward their retirement plans and a fifth (22%) say the pandemic has made them want to leave ‘whatever happens’.


Nine in ten (91%) say a £2,000 pay increase would be a morale boost and 95% that it would make a "meaningful difference” to their lives, adds UNISON. 


UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: "The public values NHS staff and wants them to have a decent pay rise. It's the time the government did too. 


"The UK has been dependent on health workers during both peaks, and we are not out of the woods yet. Taking health staff for granted is unacceptable and likely to result in more gaps in teams across the UK.


"Paying all health workers a minimum of £2,000 is an investment, not a cost. Staff should be properly rewarded for the work they've done, and as a third wave could be approaching, the work they will continue to do."

Dear UNISON member




Have you been working from home during the pandemic?


Whether 'yes' or 'no' UNISON would like to hear from you about your experiences and find out your views on homeworking during this pandemic.  


Please complete this anonymous survey by clicking the link below which will be used by UNISON to inform our negotiating and bargaining strategy going forward, it will take less than 4 minutes.



It is important for us to gather as much information as possible so your input would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you for helping us to help you!


Yours sincerely,



Dave Rees             Karen Loughin

Wales convenor     Wales secretary



Please get back to me if you have any questions.






Dominic MacAskill
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol


e-mail / e-bost: d.macaskill@unison.co.uk

COVID-19 vaccinations are rapidly being rolled out across the UK. UNISON members Kebba, Sharon and Tay share their thoughts about getting the vaccine to show people feeling hesitant that there's nothing to fear.

Read the full article here
More vaccination and COVID-19 information





Earnings max – making sure your employer is getting it right!

Did you know that if you work on Agenda for Change terms and conditions that you can claim £15 if your employer asks you to change you shift within 24 hours of your scheduled work period? 

For more information including where this does not apply, see section 2.23 of the NHS Terms and Conditions handbook (Scotland and N. Ireland) or 2.25 of the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook (England and Wales).

In the meantime, please publicise this amongst your members.


HCPC registration fee rise

The Health and Care Professions Council has announced an £8.12 a year increase to their registration fee.

If approved in the Scottish and UK parliaments, the changes will come into effect on 1 July 2021.

HCPC had originally proposed a massive 18% fee hike at the end of 2018 but was forced to pause and reconsider its plans due to our campaigning.

While we recognise that an £8.12 increase represents a significant drop from the original proposed increase, this is disappointing timing, when health and care staff are working flat out through the pandemic.

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UNISON launches new guide on pension fund engagement and divestment from companies involved in the occupation of Palestine


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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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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
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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 phw.nhs.uk 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! phw.nhs.wales


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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(This is an occasional Newsletter for Branch Secretaries in Health)


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

Coronavirus Guidance and Advice from the UHB

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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: d.macaskill@unison.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DomMacAskill



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