John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “There are at least 370,000 carers in Wales looking after a relative, friend or neighbour. Their unpaid caring saves the Welsh economy £8.1 billion every year, so we must do whatever it takes to provide them with the support they need. Also three-quarters of parents in Wales rely on unpaid friends or family to help care for their children.
“Welsh Labour has a proud record supporting working parents and carers. We welcome their agreement to establish a policy commission on carers and look forward to being part of the detailed discussion and policy development that will help more employed carers balance their home and work responsibilities.”
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Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest trade union with nearly 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
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