The reversal of Roe v Wade shows clearly that women’s rights must be constantly defended

Care workers in Wales must receive the Real Living Wage as promised to them earlier this year by the Welsh Government, says UNISON.


UNISON Cymru/Wales is extending solidarity to all rail workers and the RMT union during its latest day of industrial action.


Seven UNISON members tell us why they marched through London to ‘Demand Better’ on Saturday

New price-rise figures show illustrate need for pay boost

Grants of up to £70 per school age child are now available

President Andrea Egan and her vice presidents were announced at national delegate conference 

Report on Unison Health Conference 2022

Monday 25th -   Wednesday 27th April.

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Care workers and the vital role they play must be valued not seen as a cost to be driven down to increase profits, says UNISON Cymru/Wales.

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Call for a Nationalised Care Service


Today we have posted our latest call for a nationalised care service on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.


Please take a look and share on your socials.


Many thanks,




Rupert Denholm-Hall

Press and Media Organiser

UNISON Cymru Wales

07967 463 158


In the motion care worker members gave heartfelt testimony of their experiences working throughout the pandemic 

Catalytic converter thefts across Cardiff and Vale UHB sites. 



An increasing number of vehicles are being targeted in catalytic converter thefts across Cardiff and Vale University Health Board sites.  


Catalytic converter theft is a national crime issue that is unfortunately becoming more common in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.  


We are now aware of 20 catalytic converter thefts that have taken place in recent months, with vehicles parked in car parks at University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough primarily targeted. 

Several thefts have involved Japanese hybrid vehicles.  


Our Security Team is working closely with our on-site police liaison officer, South Wales Police and British Parking Association to review suspicious activity, investigate thefts and deter criminals from targeting Health Board sites. 


However, we need your help to prevent catalytic converter thefts from taking place. 


All colleagues, patients and visitors are urged to be vigilant of any suspicious activity they see within car parking areas and to immediately report this to the security team who will attend the area. 


Catalytic converters can be removed in less than a minute and it might not always be obvious if a catalytic convert theft is being committed. 


Some criminals have reportedly impersonated trusted breakdown services so it is important to remain vigilant.  


To report suspicious activity, call: 02921 848 043. 


What is a catalytic converter?  

  • Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the amount of dangerous gases emitted
  • Hybrid vehicles are most commonly targeted, as their metals are more valuable, but any vehicle can be at risk of catalytic converter theft
  • Catalytic converter thefts are becoming more common across the UK, including Cardiff and Vale UHB sites

What are signs a catalytic convert theft is being committed?  

  • A vehicle being raised using a car jack 
  • A loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle 

What can you do to help prevent catalytic converter theft?  


Although catalytic converter thefts are increasing, there are steps that you can take to protect your vehicle.  


If you own a vehicle with acatalytic converter, we recommend contacting your manufacturer or local garage for advice on locks or guards that can make it harder for criminals to steal. 


For more information and advice, visit:  


UNISON writes to all MPs asking them to take a stand for decency against a policy that shows a government with no moral compass

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Letter to Michael Fabricant says his comments are ‘insulting’ and have ’caused deep hurt’

Provision of tests needed to contain infection spread

New figures show huge plummet in NHS staff satisfaction 

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Above-inflation pay rise critical to resolving NHS staff crisis, says UNISON

Money worries are affecting the focus of NHS staff at work

General secretary calls for enforceable charter of employment rights and an end to ‘fire and hire’ culture

NHS staff under pressure as motoring costs rise

UNISON is working to stop NHS staff from bearing the brunt of increasing motoring costs.

The spiralling costs are having the biggest impact on low paid and community NHS staff who use their own cars for work.

We’re urgently seeking solutions from national employers through the NHS Staff Council as well as using political routes.

In the meantime, branches can talk to employers about collective solutions to reduce miles travelled by staff. Our branch guidance has more information.

Read our advice

Lengthening queues are stressful for patients and staff

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Pensions: Hike would be 'a step too far' for many NHS staff
Government changes to NHS pensions in England and Wales will mean many health workers paying more, which risks more staff quitting for better-paid jobs.
Read more here
More news from UNISON
From the general secretary
COVID: UK government's decision is 'reckless'
The 'Living with COVID' strategy will have a profound impact on the delivery of public services, and put lives at risk, says Christina McAnea.
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UHB’s People and Culture Plan 2022-2025

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Government’s NHS pay proposals will cause staff exodus, says UNISON
UNISON has reacted angrily to the government’s pay proposals for a maximum 3% pay rise this year for NHS staff.

The Government has finally submitted its evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body and makes clear its preference for a maximum 3% pay award for NHS staff.
Find out more

Attending Health Conference? Register for focus groups now
Focus group sessions are an integral part of our Health Conference programme. 

Delegates are expected to attend one of the sessions, but you’ll need to register for a session by 8 April 2022.

Focus groups take place on Tuesday 26 April (11.15am – 12.30pm). They are:
  • Pay Fair for Patient Care – Getting it right for healthcare support workers
  • Workload and staffing
  • Race for Equality – challenging racism in the NHS
  • A just transition to a carbon-neutral NHS
Find out how to register

Living with COVID-19 update - England
NHS England and Improvement has written to all health service employers in England about the announcement of the end of COVID restrictions in England.

The letter includes guidance on staff testing and on staff who test positive, who should not attend work until certain testing requirements are met.

The Temporary COVID-19 - Terms and Conditions guidance, which includes arrangements for COVID-19 related sickness absence, will remain in place for now meaning staff will continue to receive full pay for COVID absence. This applies to NHS organisations and their subcontractors, including bank and sub-contractor staff.
Read the letter

Staff must be properly paid for Jubilee bank holiday work
The NHS health trade unions have called for the Platinum Jubilee additional bank holiday to be treated as a formal public holiday for NHS staff working that day.

Through the UK NHS Staff Council and devolved structures, the health trade unions have formally requested that staff working on Friday 3 June 2022 receive full bank holiday payments as set out in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service.

So far, NHS Employers has rejected the request. We are planning a robust response.

If your branch has reached an early agreement with your employer, we’d love to know about it.
Get in touch

Pay Enhancement – Additional Day annual leave in ESR


IBM have confirmed they will universally change the accrual rate in ESR to raise entitlements to 28-30-34 days for the financial year 2021/2022 in either February or March 2022 (confirmed date awaited).  This will automatically update entitlements in ESR for 2021/2022 and in readiness for the year 2022/2023 onward.   Therefore no manual ESR intervention required by local Workforce Information Managers, who have also been informed.  Further comms will be available in due course



Welsh Government pay circular





Our Ref: Pay Letter AFC, M&D & ESP (W) 01/2021 December 2021

This pay circular informs employers of the pay and annual leave arrangements for employees covered by the Agenda for Change, Medical and Dental and Executive and Senior Pay terms and conditions.


  1. To pay a one off non-consolidated additional payment of 1% for those on Agenda for Change bands 1-5, and the F1 doctors who fall into this pay bands. This payment would not be pro rata and other criteria is set out in Annex A

  2. To amend the bottom spine point for those on Agenda for Change (AfC) band 2 and the pay point for band 1 from April 2021 to £18,731 from the 1st April 2021

  3. An additional day’s annual leave will be added to the current contractual entitlements for all staff. This additional day will be pro rata and will be recurrent in future years.

    If staff are unable to take their additional entitlement in the current leave year 2021/22 then it should either be carried forward over and above any organisational limits into the 2022/23 leave year or sold back if preferred by the staff.

  4. Employers will put a scheme in place for staff to sell back a proportion of unused annual leave which will be in place before the end of the 2021/22 leave year. Details of arrangements are outlined in Annex B.


  1. Employers should direct enquiries to: HSSWorkforceOD@gov.wales

  2. Copies of this circular can be downloaded from the HOWIS website.

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Yours sincerely,


Helen Arthur

Director of Workforce and Corporate Business Cyfarwyddwr y Gweithlu a Busnes Corfforaethol



Annex A


1% Non-consolidated Payment to Agenda for Change Bands 1 to 5 and F1’s 


Eligibility criteria

This is a non-consolidated and non-pensionable payment and does not uprate any hourly rates.

  •   1% of eligible pay points as at 1st April 2021, i.e Band 3 step £20,330 is £203 or Band 5 step £27,780 is £277

  •   Payments will be based on an individual’s full time salary as at 1st December 2021

  •   To be paid to all eligible staff on payroll as at the 1st December 2021

  •   Payments to also be made to those who moved from Band 5’s and F1’s between

    the 1st April and 30th November 2021 who are still on payroll as at 1st December


  •   To be paid to all substantive staff only, not including bank, locum, ad hoc

  •   To include those on a Fix Term Contract regardless of length of contract

  •   Not to pro rata the payment

  •   New starters after the 1st December will not receive the payment

  •   Staff on sick, maternity, parental leave included

  •   Staff on career breaks not to be included




    Annex B
  • Selling back of Annual leave

    Employers will put a scheme in place for staff to sell back a proportion of unused annual leave which will be in place before the end of the 2021/22 leave year.

    This will include arrangements to sell back all of their unused annual leave which was carried over from 2020/21 leave year.

    For the leave year 2021/22, it is recognised that staff need to ensure they rest and recuperate as their wellbeing is paramount. However it is also reconisged that given the ongoing challenges it may not be possible to take the full leave entitlement during 2021/22. Therefore employers shall put in place arrangements for staff to sell back any remaining entitlement above statutory entitlement, so after 20 days. This will be pro rata for those working part time, and this will be inclusive of the additional day’s leave provided in this leave year.

    Given the opportunity to sell back annual leave above statutory entitlement annual leave carryover from 2021/22 into 2022/23 will be capped at 5 days, pro rata for part time staff. If the additional annual leave day is carried over this will be in addition to the allowed 5 days.

    The payment for annual leave sold back will be at calculated using an individual’s basic pay rate.




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Why 2022 is ‘an exciting opportunity to showcase the skills, experience and qualities that disabled people bring to the workplace and to society’

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea with young members at COP26
UNISON launches blueprint for climate-friendly public services

Public services currently account for about 8% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

UNISON's groundbreaking new environmental report shows they must decarbonise if we have any hope of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Read more
Read more from UNISON's delegate at COP26





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

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?
The campaign page – all the stuff you need









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 by either:


 visiting www.unison.org.uk and following the My UNISON link, or 


by contacting the Branch Office.



FAQs on Covid bonus payments for Welsh NHS staff:




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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

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.


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


Covid-19 hub


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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.

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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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Contact the branch for details.

Resource for Staff working/ shielding at home

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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
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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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




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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