Prior to the COVID pandemic Unite the Union campaigned tirelessly to oppose the proposals to downgrade the A&E department at The RGH. The proposals would have left the Rhondda Cynon Taf area without an 24 hour A&E department. Local Unite representatives spearheaded Unite’s campaign due to their concerns about the impact on the community and the impact on staff within The RGH and the neighbouring hospitals. Unite worked together with the community campaign but with the specific focus of expressing the views of the workforce. Unite representatives spoke to thousands of staff at The RGH and across the CTM and collected 1500 signatures off staff on a petition asking the Health Board management to keep the A&E as a 24 hour service.

Unite were one of the only NHS trade unions to fully support the campaign and the most active trade union campaigners. We therefore applaud the Executive Board for making the right decision and we are calling on the full board to accept the recommendation. We know that the residents who use the RGH and the staff from CTM will support such a decision by the full board.

Dean Fackrell, Branch Chair of the CTM Branch stated:

“On behalf of Unite we are extremely happy that the Executive Board of Cwm Taf Morgannwg have listened to all the concerns that we have raised as a trade union. We campaigned hard so that the local residents and the workforce were listened to and it gives me great pleasure to be able to applaud the decision that my employer has made. There is one more step in securing the future of the 24 hour A&E service and we therefore ask the full board to follow accept the recommendation from the executive board. We campaigned hard so that the local residents and the workforce were listened to and it gives me great pleasure to be able to applaud the decision that my employer has made. As a trade union we worked hard on this issue and it demonstrates beyond doubt the importance of not giving up when you believe in something. Unite view this news as a major victory for the local residents and staff at The RGH and the surrounding hospitals.”

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.