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Article Added 29/04/2019

PEMBROKESHIRE COMMEMORATES FALLEN WORKERS

Pembrokeshire College students have collaborated with a local trade union to highlight the importance of strong health and safety standards in the workplace.

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UNISON, the public services union for college support staff, challenged construction students to build something to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day; the annual event held on 28 April to remember those injured or killed in accidents at work.

The college students have built a disabled-access bench which has beeen unveiled by UNISON today (Monday) at 2pm, at Pembrokeshire College. Workers Memorial Day 2019Trade union officials were joined by the students; tutor, Neil Harris; curriculum area manager, Chris Curtis and the college leadership team for the ceremony. Also attending was Labour Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Philippa Thompson and representatives from the Pembrokeshire County Council’s Safety Unit.

Jonathan Lewis, UNISON Pembrokeshire branch secretary said,
“As many as 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and accidents and thousands more suffer injuries and work-related poor health. That’s why it’s important for unions to campaign for better standards in the workplace.

“2019 is the year of the young worker and UNISON thought a good way to engage young people with the importance of employment rights and health and safety laws, was to commission them to design something exciting. Joining a trade union offers protection all your working life from apprenticeship or graduation until retirement.

“Well done to all the first year college students and their teacher who have been working hard over the last few months to construct the disabled-access bench. UNISON is proud to present the people of Pembrokeshire with a fitting memorial.”


International Women's Day – Friday 8 March

The largest trade union and the largest women's organisation

This Friday is International Women's Day. And that's a day that is particularly important for UNISON – a union with more than a million women members working to provide key public services to people across the country.

It’s a day that is is marked across the world, starting on 28 February 1909 in support of New York’s garment workers. It moved to 8 March as part of the UN International Women's Year in 1975.

It's now 110 years since the first international women's day and UNISON will be sending a special U digital newsletter ahead of Friday to members, featuring an interview with Christina McAnea, UNISON's assistant general secretary for negotiations, bargaining and equalities.

Watch and share our International Women's Day film here 


Article added 25/02/2019
 
Pembrokeshire People's Assembly to hold 'mass rally' against austerity.

 
The People's Assembly Against Austerity's national tour, themed; 'Britain is Broken - We Can't Afford The Tories' will be visiting Haverfordwest on March 2nd for the West Wales leg of it's tour.
 
Speakers at the 2pm rally on Castle Square will include Leanne Wood, former Plaid Cymru leader and Mark Serwotka, President of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Nicola Field who was one of the original LGSM activists as featured in the film PRIDE. There will also be speeches from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), Anthony Slaughter, Wales Green Party Leader, Stand Up to Racism and more.
 
The People's Assembly's National tour which will visit towns and cities all over Britain in coming weeks will focus on the damaging effects of austerity which they say is now cutting deep into every layer of society. The tour will highlight the core domestic policy themes of health, homes, jobs and education. Pembrokeshire's leg of the tour will focus on Universal Credit roll out and the poverty, homelessness and anxiety which they say it brings.
 
As Part of the day's proceeding the group have also teamed up with Pembrokeshire Stand Up to Racism to put on a Comedy and variety night which will be themed; "Stand up against racism and austerity" and will take place in the Merlin Theatre at 6pm. Mark Serwotka will host the evening which will feature stand up comedy from Wil Hodgson & local comedian Clare Ferguson-Walker as well as Trevor J Williams and Liam Schewitz from South Wales. There will also be music from Pat Bollard the well known busking band who gained fame with their song 'Millionaires'. Union of Love - Street Performance group - will also be bringing street performance to the theatre with a moving performance on poverty in Britain.
 
As you know UNISON has continuously fought against austerity and its impact on jobs, terms & conditions. As such UNISON Pembrokeshire County Branch is proud to be officially supporting the rally and we encourage our members to turn out in large numbers.

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