Dear Unison Member,
Please see attached our first branch newspaper for 2020, additionally there are our H&S updates.
Swansea UNISON sends greetings and solidarity with all our members living and working in the pandemic. Whether you are working in front-line services, working from home or unable to work due to health or caring responsibilities we are there for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us for support and representation at this time. Above all we do not want out members, locally and nationally, to pay the price in any way for the pandemic and the economic crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted why workplace safety is so important.
Being a Safety rep means you will be playing a crucial role in making sure your workplace is safe, secure and clean for all your colleagues and service users.
What do Safety reps do? Safety reps: talk to members about their health and safety issues; investigate potential hazards; raise concerns with the employer to improve safety in the workplace; deal with specific problems that arise at work; promote better health and safety in the workplace and encourage everyone to get involved in the union.
Safety representatives have a specific role and functions and responsibilities and also have important legal rights. A health and safety representative have the right to training and to raise issues which affect the health and safety of members.
UNISON aims to have at least one health and safety representative in every workplace where we have members.
Please download and read our Health And Safety 3rd Edition.
Please download and read our Health And Safety 4th Edition.
If you require further advice please contact our branch Secretary Chris Cooze
Telephone: 01792 635 271
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Unison Swansea Branch is looking for volunteers for the build-up and on the day participants for 2019 PRIDE.
Branch Secretary Chris Cooze and Chair David White both volunteer on a regular basis endorse volunteering with Unison Swansea as it also provides a number of benefits.
Unison members with busy lives find it hard to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to Unison Swansea’s campaigns. As well as supporting a fantastic cause we endorse what Unison stands for, you make new friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health.
Unison Swansea Branch encourages Volunteering as a family, children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them first-hand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.
Our retired Unison members who provide vital support are our ambassadors of Unison Swansea Branch, they connect with the community and are also a self-organised group and a vibrant part of our branch.
Unison Swansea Branch has members throughout Swansea in many different work environments, nobody is excluded from participation. Our main contacts on this promotion are Lead officers Curtis Evans, James Macgregor and Michelle Pow.
We are asking our members to contact the Unison branch office on 01792635271 if they would like to join our volunteer team NOW or join us on the day.
You can highlight your support on:
https://www.facebook.com/unisonswansea.council or https://ccsunison.org.uk
Unison Swansea is a main partner of this fantastic event and as such we get a stall on the day as well as being a part of the events and would like to encourage as many of our members to support our efforts in standing up for Equality and Diversity.
The Parade starts at 11am on the day at Castle Square Swansea and stalls are up and open at 12 noon, it’s a full day ending late afternoon and is open to everyone.
Council’s ruling Labour group pledges to introduce UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter after May’s council elections.
Welcoming the signing at a ceremony outside Swansea Guildhall yesterday, Chris Cooze said: “Swansea Labour group’s signing our ethical care charter and their endorsement of UNISON’s manifesto for the local elections shows a genuine understanding and commitment to good quality local public services.”
Swansea will become the latest council to implement UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter banning 15-minute care visits and zero-hour contracts next month – if Labour keeps control of the council in next week’s local election.
Rob Stewart, the leader of the council’s Labour group, signed a commitment UNISON branch secretary Chris Cooze and regional secretary Margaret Thomas pledging that “the charter will be implemented in full” at “the earliest possibility” in the next council term.
The charter contains a set of commitments to protect the dignity and quality of life for vulnerable people and the workers who care for them.
It states that:
• 15-minute client visits undermine the dignity of clients and that the length of visits must instead be matched to clients’ needs;
• homecare workers must be paid at least £8.45 an hour and be paid for travel time;
• Zero-hour contracts will be prohibited.
Swansea UNISON Branch held their AGMs this past week (27/02/17-03/03/17) and smashed all previous records for attendance.
Chris and all at the CCoS team would like to thank our members as well as those who provided catering for our events for making this a very special way to usher in a new era for the branch.