Dave Prentis is UNISON’s general secretary – the highest elected post in the union. He speaks up for UNISON members, campaigns for public services and leads the union.

Read Dave’s blog for views on issues UNISON is working on and information on what he’s doing.

Blog: The time for kind words is over, it’s time for decent pay

The living wage is about being able to live on what you earn. It should be a simple ask. In fact, in 2017, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it should be a given. Yet every year unions are forced to demand – once again – that businesses pay decent wages and end poverty pay.

Blog: Proud of our internationalist union

I have always believed that internationalism matters. I have always been an internationalist. But right now, when Brexit threatens to make Britain an inward looking tax haven on the coast of mainland Europe, I think it’s time to be more internationalist in our outlook, more collaborative with our brothers and sisters around the world and more dedicated to building a global movement for change.

Blog: Celebrating the life and legacy of OR Tambo

Today marks the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald – ‘OR’ –Tambo, the “quiet revolutionary” who led the African National Congress through the darkest days of apartheid, and laid the foundations for the liberation of South Africa. OR Tambo dedicated his life to the struggle against apartheid, much of which he spent in exile, […]

Blog: Now is the time to stand strong, stand united and put public services first

Together, united, we can break this immoral pay cap for all public-sector workers. All deserve the pay rises they’ve been denied. All deserve an end to attacks on their jobs, their services and their wages. The Tories will pay the price for their failure and for letting public servants down. And we will hold them to account for what they have done to public services – at the ballot box and every day until then.

Blog: On mental health, there is so much more that all of us can do

We want to see employers ensure that workers are not overloaded by their jobs, and that they have suitable support systems to help them overcome difficulties – like well trained and supportive managers, regular supervision, employees assistance programs and access to counselling to help them cope.

Blog: Taking our pay campaign to our local communities, and to the streets

Across the country, MPs are coming under increasing pressure to show whose side they’re on, and stand with those who serve our communities, teach our children and care for our loved ones. Together, we can help them make that vital decision.

Blog: A great day for UNISON and public services

Real pay rises, an end to PFI and fighting welfare cuts, that’s what UNISON achieves in Labour, working with our friend Jeremy Corbyn. Today was a good day – I hope there are more to come this week.

Blog: Lillie McNaughton was one of those special people

She will be missed by her friends in UNISON Scotland and across our union, and by those who she stood up for in the workplace and the conference hall. Our thoughts are with all those who knew her.

Blog: The people of Lancashire deserve more

This is a council currently at the centre of a police investigation over the controversial “One Connect” deal with BT. This is also a council where council leader Geoff Driver is currently on police bail, over allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.

Blog: It’s time for politicians to wake up, stop hesitating, and put pay up now

This afternoon at the TUC, I was proud to lead the debate on public sector pay. For UNISON’s 1.3 million members, and millions more like them, there is no more important issue.

Why UNISON is signing the Anti-Slavery Charter

Slavery not only persists, it’s on the rise. It’s estimated that 10-13,000 people are enslaved across the UK which, according the National Crime Agency is just “the tip of the iceberg”.

Pay pressure is beginning to pay off – but there’s so much more to do

We’re not satisfied with ending the pay cap. We want to see public sector workers recover the real terms losses they’ve been subjected to over nearly a decade of austerity. It’s completely unjust that public servants have been forced to bear the brunt of bailing out the bankers. It’s completely unsustainable to ask those who our nation relies upon to continue to accept lower pay on a permanent basis.

Blog: It’s time to raise wages for all public sector workers

This morning I was in Glasgow at the QE hospital to meet our biggest branch, who also happen to be one of our best. Glasgow Health branch epitomise the dedication of our activists around the country, walking the wards daily to recruit and represent members from across the health service. But I wasn’t just there […]

Blog: Women members at the heart of our union

The commitments that were made to women members almost a quarter of a century ago matter as much today as they did then – and as we approach our union’s 25th anniversary celebrations, we must return once again to those commitments, and renew them for the next quarter century to come.

Mike Jeram was a vital part of our union, and we will miss him

Mike Jeram is someone who deserved a long and happy retirement after years of dedicated service to a union which he loved and its members who he cared about, and I am so sad that his life was cut far too short. But Mike’s was a life lived well, surrounded by people who loved him and who love in return. He was a great servant to our union, and like so many more across our whole union, I will miss him.