Cardiff Annual May Day


March and Rally


This Saturday!




Sat Apr 30 2022 at 12:00 pm



Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1pn 


This year, workers will be marching through the capital to celebrate May Day and to stand up for the democratic right to march. Please share with colleagues and members and join the march on May Day for all workers and show solidarity



Cost of Living Crisis


TUC demo



London -18 June



Join UNISON to take action on the

cost of living crisis


Contact the branch on email


to book your free seat on the bus!






Dear all,


Last week, inflation hit a 30-year high. It’s no longer just gas prices or petrol prices that struggling families are having to worry about. The cost-of-living crisis is affecting every part of our lives and pushing more and more people into extreme poverty and hardship.


UNISON Wales is calling on branches to encourage their members, family and friends to join UNISON and the rest of the union movement at the national demonstration on Saturday 18 June, organised by the TUC, that culminates with a rally in Parliament Square and which is a major opportunity to tell the Westminster government that it needs to do more to support people through this financial maelstrom. 


The recent UNISON Wales council meeting in Llandudno agreed a £5000.00 budget for the region to book coaches to take members to London on the 18 June.


I expect this budget to cover the booking of 3 coaches with suggested picks ups, detailed below, to allow the largest catchment as possible.


1 leaving from Haverfordwest (leaving around 6am) with a pick up on the A48 near Carmarthen and in Swansea near M4

1 leaving from Merthyr Tydfil (leaving around 7am) with pick up in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport

1 leaving from Bangor (leaving around 6am) with pick up in Colwyn Bay and a further pick up on A55 near Northop


To arrive in London for a drop off close to Portland Place (outside New Broadcasting House) around 11.30am (march leaving at 12 noon for a rally in Parliament Square) and then coaches picking back up near parliament square around 3pm for the return home. 


I would also encourage larger branches to consider putting on their own coaches.


The TUC and UNISON would like to see the greatest participation in this important cost of living protest and so branches are encourage to sign post our coaches to members' families and to local campaign groups to ensure that, as a minimum, we are sending three full buses to London on the 18th.


So, let's get as many people as possible to join UNISON on Saturday 18 June, as the whole of the trade union movement takes to the streets to demand action on the cost-of-living crisis, a new deal for working people and an inflation busting pay rise for all workers.


I will send out further information as it becomes available but please get back to me if would like to block book seats on one of the coaches or if your branch intends to put on their own bus.


Yours in struggle,




Dominic MacAskill
Regional Manager Rheolwr Rhanbarthol


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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DomMacAskill

Dear UNISON member,


The local council elections in May are a great opportunity for UNISON Cymru Wales to talk about why it's so important to invest in public services and in public service workers.


We want to influence politicians and public opinion to address the needs of working people and Welsh communities. We're asking council candidates to pledge their support for UNISON's priorities and work with us to deliver them


What can you do?

  • Make sure you vote
  • Read our bilingual #UNISONpriorities document Cymraeg English and talk to your workmates and family about why our priorities are so important
  • Ask council candidates if they have committed to UNISON's priorities. Download our template letter here: Dear Councillor candidate. If your candidate/s tells you they support UNISON's priorities, let us know by email to cymruwales@unison.co.uk with a subject header: #UNISONpriorities
  • Print our campaign graphics, take a selfie with the graphic and tweet it @UNISONWales with #UNISONpriorities to show your support and we'll retweet it


Thank you for your help.


Karen Loughlin                                          Dave Rees

Regional secretary                                    Regional convenor




Annwyl Aelod UNSAIN,


Mae'r etholiadau ar gyfer cynghorau lleol ym mis Mai yn gyfle gwych i UNSAIN Cymru siarad am pam ei bod mor bwysig buddsoddi mewn gwasanaethau cyhoeddus ac yng ngweithwyr y gwasanaethau cyhoeddus.


Rydym am ddylanwadu ar wleidyddion a barn y cyhoedd i fynd i'r afael ag anghenion gweithwyr a chymunedau Cymru. Rydym yn gofyn i ymgeiswyr ar gyfer y cynghorau addo cefnogi #blaenoriaethau UNSAIN a gweithio gyda ni i'w cyflawni


Beth allwch chi ei wneud?

  • Sicrhau eich bod chi'n pleidleisio
  • Darllenwch ein dogfen ddwyieithog #blaenoriaethauUNSAIN Cymraeg Saesneg a siaradwch â'ch cydweithwyr a'ch teulu ynghylch pam mae ein blaenoriaethau mor bwysig
  • Gofynnwch i ymgeiswyr ar gyfer y cyngor a ydynt wedi ymrwymo i flaenoriaethau UNSAIN. Lawrlwythwch ein llythyr templed yma: Annwyl ddarpar Gynghorydd Os bydd eich ymgeisydd/ymgeiswyr yn dweud wrthych eu bod yn cefnogi blaenoriaethau UNSAIN, rhowch wybod i ni trwy e-bost: cymruwales@unison.co.uk gyda'r pennawd pwnc: #blaenoriaethauUNSAIN
  • Argraffwch y delweddau ar gyfer ein hymgyrch, tynnwch hunlun gyda'r ddelwedd a'i drydar @UNSAINCymru gyda #blaenoriaethauUNSAIN i ddangos eich cefnogaeth, a byddwn yn ei ail-drydar


Diolch am eich help.


Karen Loughlin                                          Dave Rees

Ysgrifennydd rhanbarthol                      Cynullydd rhanbarthol

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

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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
Getting it right for the Jubilee bank holiday

UNISON branches can campaign locally to ensure that employers get it right for our NHS members working on the Jubilee bank holiday.

UNISON has made a formal request through the NHS Staff Council that the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday on Friday 3 June be treated the same as any other public holiday and attract payments in line with section 13.4 of the NHS terms and conditions.

While we try to find a national solution, there is already discretion for employers to agree this locally – many already have. If your employer is one of them, please let us know.

Get in touch
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Lengthening queues are stressful for patients and staff

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Calling all UNISON mums!


We are in the process of putting together some social media around UNISON mums for use on Mother's Day which is a week on Sunday, could you please let us know if you know any inspiring UNISON mums in Wales who we could feature online on the day? 


Ideally they would be someone who is happy for us to use their photo and a story on what makes them an inspiring UNISON mum.



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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.
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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
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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.
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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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Employers are using desperate measures to cope with desperate times. But stretching dwindling numbers every thinner cannot solve this staffing crisis. 

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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’


Hard-working staff across the company will be devastated as they anxiously await their fate

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UNISON members are encouraged to take action against new legislation, which will drastically affect the right to protest


‘UK public procurement has continued to be stained by forced labour and union busting’

NHS ‘running on empty’ because government refuses to address staffing crisis, says UNISON

A properly-funded staffing plan is the single most important step ministers can take to relieve pressures over the next few years.

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Public service workers were already under huge strain to maintain services and Omicron absences have ratcheted the pressure to new levels.


We will be there for our members in 2022

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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

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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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

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

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


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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.
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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.
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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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