Who's who of Rep's and Officers





Closing Date:  15th November, 2020

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Branch Chairperson


Dawn Ward


Vice Chairperson


Bill Salter


Branch Secretary


Mike Jones


Assistant Branch Sec (3)



Gareth Roach

Julia Davies

Joe Monks




Roisin Kirby


Assistant Treasurer




Black Members Officer


Roisin Kirby


Communications Officer


Gareth Roach


Disability Officer


Steve Gauci


Education Co-ordinator


Mathew Thomas


Equality Officer


Dawn Ward


Green / Environmental Officer




Health & Safety Officer


Lorna McCourt




H&S Advisors (3)







International Officer




LGBT Officer




Membership Services Officer


Mathew Thomas


Recruitment Officer




Retired Members Officer


Elected within Self Organised Group


ULR Learning Co-ordinator




Women’s Officer


Lorna McCourt


Welfare Officer


Bill Salter


Youth Officer




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Cardiff & Vale Health Branch





*Please note that these dates are subject to change, however we will try to ensure that they remain as shown


Support and information
Long COVID: Bargaining to support members
Thousands of workers' health has been affected in the long term, because they had COVID-19. This covers the support they need to return to, or remain in, work.
Download the guidance (pdf)
The full range of UNISON bargaining guides

Updated bargaining support guides now available (UK)

UNISON’s Bargaining Support team have revised several useful branch resources to support engagement with employers.

Branches are encouraged to access updated guides covering a range of topics including bargaining on workloads, working hours, mental health policies and workplace issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access full range of bargaining support resources

Virtual hearings: new guide available
As the pandemic continues, more activists are being asked to provide support for members at 'virtual' grievances and disciplinaries. UNISON has produced new bargaining guidance to support branches and activists to ensure that where hearings can't be paused, reasonable procedures are negotiated to protect members' legal rights to a safe and fair process.
Download the guide (pdf)
PPE - A Guide for UNISON health branches

This new guide for health branches pulls together advice on tackling problems with provision of PPE.  

It aims to support reps in their important role as advocates, ensuring our members get proper protection and not just promises. It contains details of the steps reps should expect employers to take to protect members and reduce risk of exposure in NHS workplaces.

Read the guide
DEADLINE: Orders for ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.’

2020 has been declared as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation.

We’re asking branches to run workplace events during the week commencing 11 May and the deadline to order the bespoke materials is 3 April. Please see our campaign page containing a link to the TC Group page which hosts all of our items.

Take me to the campaign
Health Conference 2020 – Agenda

The Final Agenda for the 2020 Health Service Group Conference is now available to view on the UNISON website.

Read the agenda
Read this year’s annual report from the Health Service Group
The Health Care Service Group Executive (SGE) has published its Annual Report for 2019/20.

Questions on the annual report must be submitted via the Online Conference System by 5pm on 1 April to guarantee a response prior to conference. The only questions that may be put orally to the SGE will be supplementary to those submitted in writing under this process.

If your branch intends to ask a supplementary question, please give advance notice by email so
 conference can deal with the report efficiently and allow more time for motions to be debated.
Read the 2019/20 Annual Report
UNISON objectives for 2020
The updated UNISON objectives for 2020 are now available online, having been agreed at December’s NEC meeting.
Read the objectives


Coming up


10-17 FEB: #HeartUNISON 2020
The perfect chance to encourage a colleague to join – download online resources or order material from the UNISON shop now

13-15 FEB: Women's conference
6 Feb: Deadline for emergency motions – Download final agenda

28 FEB-1 MAR: Community conference
21 Feb: deadline for emergency motions – Download final agenda

3 MAR: Safe staffing forum
Warwick University: an opportunity for members from all parts of the nursing family to come together, learn and help formulate UNISON policy on staffing levels.

Support and information for reps and branches
Helping members with their debt
At this time of year in particular, it's useful to remind members that there are practical ways their union can help with financial worries – apart form campaigning and negotiating better pay!

UNISON's Debtline service is available to all our members to help them manage their money and deal with debt. And of course, UNISON's There for You is also currently running its annual winter fuel grant scheme.
UNISON's Debtline
Winter fuel grant
NDC 2020 bulletin
The NEC has published the annual documents to start the process for branches participating at UNISON's national delegate conference (NDC) in June. Two key documents can be downloaded now: the bulletin of practical arrangements, forms and deadlines, and the standing orders committee guidance for submitting motions.
NDC bulletin
SOC guidance
Motions not reached at last year’s NDC
The NEC report on motions and amendments not discussed at the 2019 national delegate conference and referred to the executive is available to download from the UNISON website. Branches are asked to consider whether any of the motions should be resubmitted for NDC 2020 or not.
Download the NEC report
SGE elections 2020
Election procedures and nomination forms for this year’s elections to the union's seven service group executives are now available to download from a dedicated election webpage.
Download the documents

The nomination period is about to open for this year’s service group executive elections 

Bridge over troubled waters
Time to end the gender pay gap

On average, men earn 18% more than women in the UK. And as the largest women's organisation in the country, UNISON thinks this is unacceptable, so we're launching our #BridgeTheGap campaign.

Over the coming weeks, we will publish detailed guidance to help you work with employers to end this inequality.

News updates from your union
BREXIT: Don't be hoodwinked
General secretary warns: “Any guarantees about protecting existing and ensuring future employment rights must be in the PM's withdrawal agreement."
Read the full statement
CHILD BENEFIT: Low-paid mothers hit
Struggling families are losing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds a year as a result of changes to child benefit over the past decade.
Read more
IMMIGRATION: Help stop this cruelty
UNISON member needs help in trying to stop the Home Office from refusing his wife's right to remain in the UK.
Read more
Sign the petition
Negotiating for working parents
Maternity and other family rights for working parents affect most workers, either directly or indirectly. But working parents often experience unfair treatment at work. A new in-depth bargaining support guide for reps and branches has been developed, providing advice and information for negotiations on behalf of working parents as well as a model family leave and pay policy.
Download the guidance (pdf)
Mental health guidance for branches
Guidance to assist branches in ensuring that organisations treat mental health with the critical importance it deserves, that procedures protect the mental health of staff in general and maximise the assistance given to workers experiencing mental health problems in particular.
Download the guidance (pdf)
TUC newsletter for activists
The TUC produces a monthly newsletter which it emails free of charge to union activists across the movement. 
Sign up here
Support and information for reps and branches
BREXIT: Immigration advice as we close in on Brexit
With less than a month to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, many members, who are EU citizens or who have family members who are EU citizens are still worried about their status after Brexit. UNISON members can get advice from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants via UNISON Direct.
Read the full story

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram? Then check out UNISON’s secure social learning microsite exclusively for our activists and staff.

Click the link below for more info

New case management forms

The case management form has been updated with a fresh new look and to reflect the new data protection regulations. 

Please recycle all old copies. You can download the new form hereand order it from the online catalogue (stock number 2285).


Please get back to me if you have any queries.




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


Leaflet about UNISON’s Campaign Fund and Labour Link.



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10.11.12/03 & 20.21/04/2020

Organising Steward


Grand Hotel, Swansea







10.11.12/03 &  **22.23/04/2020

Organising Steward


Sure Hope Christian Centre, Colwyn Bay







18.19.20/03 & 01.02/04.2020

Organising Steward


UNISON House, Cardiff


**Please note revised dates of the second session only for the Colwyn Bay course



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ERA Refresher


UNISON House, Cardiff








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ERA Refresher


 North Wales


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When the GDPR (general data protection requirement) came in earlier this year there was a lot of panic and misinformation circulating. But, now that the dust has settled, what do you, as a UNISON activist, really need to know? 

Whether you're a communications officer, wondering what you're allowed to send people, a welfare officer, dealing with very personal and private information, or a steward keeping track of which of your colleagues, you may well be dealing with people's personal data on a daily basis. What should you stop doing, start doing, or do differently?

UNISON Learning and Organising Services have created a short e-note (online learning module) that takes you through the basic requirements of the law, and explains what you need to do to keep members' data safe. It should take about 20 minutes to complete.

You can find this at https://e-learning.unison.org.uk/course/view.php?id=42, along with some other useful resources including the Branch Data Protection Handbook.

If you haven't used UNISON's e-learning site before, you'll need to create an account at https://e-learning.unison.org.uk. In some cases we've found that the confirmation email is blocked by employers' email networks - if you don't receive an email, email learningandorganising@unison.co.uk and ask for your account to be confirmed manually. Please also contact us on that email address if you need your password reset or if the e-note doesn't work properly for you.

Best wishes,

UNISON Learning and Organising Services




Subject: Online AfC handbook - evaluation survey link for sharing






Following the launch of the online NHS terms and conditions of service handbook, we are now running an evaluation survey.  I would appreciate it if you are able to share the above link more widely amongst your membership as well as drawing their attention to the new online functionality of the AfC handbook.


We will be sharing the survey link via our workforce bulletin and engagement briefs over the next  3 weeks as well.


If you have any questions please let me know.


With regards,





Alexander van Rees

Team Leader, Agenda for Change

Employment Relations & Reward

DDI: 0113 306 3063

Mobile: 07912 516 460



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Setting up a SOG in your Branch


What is self-organisation?

UNISON has four recognised Self-Organised Groups, for:

  • Women
  • Black members
  • Disabled members
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members

Self-organisation encourages members in each group to come together to discuss and take forward their own issues and to give each other support.  It is a key part of UNISON's strategy for achieving equality.  Because self-organisation is so important, it is set in UNISON's Rules.


The Rulebook says:

" 4.1 The Union shall promote opportunities for the following groups to organise activities to meet the purposes set out below:

  1. women members
  2. black members
  3. disabled members
  4. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.


4.2 The purposes of self-organisation shall be, within the framework of the Rules of the Union, to assist the union to:

  1. promote the union’s equalities and bargaining agenda
  2. defend jobs, terms and conditions and services
  3. build its density and have a strong and dynamic presence in the workplace.

(UNISON Rulebook 2014, Sections D 4.1 and 4.2)



Why have self-organised groups in your branch?

TO REDUCE ISOLATION - because of the kinds of jobs they do or the hours they work, many members don't get the chance to talk with others or their UNISON Branch about their issues.  By providing them with an opportunity to get together, UNISON can help members to feel part of something and connected to their union; the Branch can also get better information about what's really going on in some workplaces.


TO PROMOTE DIFFERENT ISSUES - because black, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender members and often women are not fairly represented in UNISON's structures it means that the workplace issues pertinent to them are also less likely to get onto UNISON's agendas.  Having SOGs where members with similar problems can get together in a comfortable environment to discuss what's important to them will bring these issues to light and to prominence.


TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS - the visible and active presence of SOG members within the local Branch will make it more attractive to others who identify with them.  They will want to be a part of it, to join UNISON to be part of something relevant to them and making change happen. 


TO RECRUIT NEW ACTIVISTS - members can take on small, informal tasks in a SOG and get support for doing so.  Such activities are more likely to lead into formal union roles because the introduction is softer and confidence is built.  And this will help the Branch achieve its policy goal of fair representation.


TO CONSULT - both the Branch and the employer benefit from the existence of a SOG that can be approached both to provide information and to give their views on specific issues.  In this way, collective bargaining agendas are better informed.


TO LINK WITH REGIONAL AND NATIONAL SELF-ORGANISED GROUPS - other parts of the union can make contact with members in your Branch if they have a collective identity and/or spokesperson.  Information can also move from your Branch SOGs to Regional and National SOG Committees and Conferences so they can be involved in work over a wider sphere.  They can also submit motions to inform and affect the work of SOGs at Regional and National levels.


TO HAVE FUN - Branch SOGs can be innovative in how they operate; they don't have to replicate structures elsewhere in UNISON which have been off-putting and excluding to some members.  They should be a vehicle for members to get in touch with each other, to spend time together if possible, to learn and grow in confidence and enjoy being part of UNISON.  

Facility Time

Stewards have a legal right to time to carry out their duties; although that doesn’t necessarily mean any other activities.

Facility time is time off from an individual’s job, granted by the employer, to enable a rep to carry out their trade union role. In some cases, this can mean that the rep is fully seconded from their regular job, enabling them to work full time on trade union tasks. It can also mean an employer allows a rep to carry out trade union duties and activities, instead of their substantive job, for a certain amount of time per week or month.

The right to time off

In workplaces where the trade union is recognised, trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training.
This right applies to:
  • workplace reps
  • health and safety reps
  • union learning reps
  • information and consultation reps.

Duties covered

Workplace reps are entitled to paid time off to cover the following duties:
  • trade union duties related to collective bargaining, on issues like: terms and conditions of employment; redundancies; job evaluation; family friendly policies; discipline; trade union facilities; and negotiating machinery
  • Individual representation
  • meetings with management and preparation for these meetings
  • keeping members informed about negotiations.

There’s been some negative publicity about facility time in recent years – much generated by conservative lobby groups – but the truth is that good employment relations increase productivity and efficiency.


Mentor or buddy new UNISON activists


If you’re already active in your branch, and want to make it even stronger, why not support new reps and activists?


Read more

Key documents and tools for activists


Need to access the case form? Want to talk to activist colleagues? Want to print campaign materials – or even get customised campaign materials printed? You can do so here.


Read more


New reps – where to get support

We know our reps and activists need support and information, help and advice – even more so if you’re new to the role. Here are three things to do to start you off.

1. Ask your branch for mentoring

Support, including training, is available at both national and regional level, but the key to supporting new activists is through the personal touch at branch level – in other words, mentoring.

The key roles for a mentor or buddy will be to:

  • talk to you about your training or other development needs;
  • direct you to key people in the branch;
  • encourage you to work out solutions to issues as they arise;
  • help you find ways to follow up actions from courses and put your learning into practice.

2. Read the Stewards’ handbook

This essential publication is given to all reps and stewards and is packed with useful information. Contact your branch if you haven’t received yours yet.

3. Join the Organising Space

The Organising Space is a dedicated microsite for UNISON activists to share and discuss the issues and strategies affecting their duties in the workplace.

More about the Organising Space

3. Look out for Activist communications

UNISON distributes a specialist stewards’ magazine, UNISON inFocus, offering support to all workplace representatives. There is also a weekly email bulletin, eFocus, which is sent to all reps and activists who have registered an email address with the union.

Branches also send representatives regular information on local matters and representatives can always ring the regional office, UNISONdirect or check the news section on this website.


Are you a new rep?

  • Make sure you sign up for stewards’ training – contact your region.
  • Make sure your branch knows you’ve been elected as a rep.
  • Make sure your branch lets your region know and gets you registered as a rep or steward on the membership system. This will make sure you get the UNISON inFocus stewards’ magazine regularly.
  • Make sure the membership system has an email address for you. This will allow you to receive the weekly eFocus email bulletin with information to help and support you.


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Industrial action


Taking industrial action is a big step for any union.

And with a raft of legislation surrounding any form of industrial action, from ballots to picketing, great care is essential when taking action.

Because of the legal complexity of industrial action, it’s essential that you read the full UNISON guide to industrial action, and talk to your regional organising staff before taking any action.

Read the UNISON guide to industrial action [PDF] 

But there are a couple of general principles to bear in mind:

Getting permission

Permission to embark on a national industrial action ballot rests with the general secretary and the industrial action committee, following a request from the national secretary on the behalf of the service group.

The majority of industrial action ballots relate to local disputes with a specific employer, and permission to hold a  ballot lies with the relevant regional secretary.

There will be occasions where the regional secretary does not agree to authorise a ballot - in these circumstances the branch has a right to appeal to the industrial action committee.

Membership records

It is essential that before any ballot, you make sure your membership records are up to date.

Experience shows that employers will challenge the legality of any ballot they believe is based on inaccurate membership data.

Indeed, this is a really good reason to make sure that your records are regularly checked.

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The new UNISON website needs you - help shape the future!


An updated version of the UNISON website that is much more mobile and tablet-friendly, is now being tested. We need activists to help test it before it goes live - and suggest future website features and content.

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Organising Space


As an activist you are the heart and soul of UNISON, critical to the important work we do. 

So we decided it was time you had a unique online space for all your UNISON Organising activities.    


The Organising Space is an online portal and your place to:



·         Connect with fellow activists right across the UK



·         Share and discuss your UNISON experiences and events



·         Discover essential resources to help your activist organising



·         Contribute your unique knowledge and expertise to the UNISON mission



·         Shout about your successes and what has worked well in your branch/region 


And the great news is it's already here! So, what are you waiting for? 


Join the hundreds of your fellow activists and staff who are already sharing ideas, successes and experiences in the new online space.   



Simply follow the link https://organisingspace.unison.org.uk/

And login using your existing My UNISON details. 



Here's a short video that will explain more


TUPE: an introduction 

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) is a law designed to protect the rights of employees when a business transfers from one owner to another.




We need people who want to help, even if it's just to act as a contact in a work area, someone to operate a letter box.

We need our inactive reps to contact the branch.

We want our inexperienced reps to contact us to review their development (Trained and Active guide in Rep Training page).

Contact us if you want to help 02920 748280

Tell everyone about THEIR WEBSITE: cavunison.co.uk