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.

Our members strike this week

This week, our local government and school members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland hold their first one-day strike over an abysmal pay offer

The evidence for action keeps on coming

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports this week that the “average” family needs to earn more than £40,000 for a decent life, and a single parent with one child needs to earn £27,000

Pay: our members are fighting back

Our local government and school support members have delivered a decisive verdict for strike action on 10 July

Our people need hope – and a decent standard of living

It’s always impressive walking into a hall with more than 2,000 UNISON delegates ready to debate our policy and campaigning agenda for the coming year.

Vote YES for strike

The string of attacks from the government against local government workers has taken its toll. Now it is time to turn anger into action

Together, with our message of resistance and alternatives, we can change course and reclaim our Europe

Europe is off-course: as budgets are cut and jobs slashed, the quality and accessibility of public services throughout Europe is at stake

Vote to keep the racists and the Tories out on Thursday

Use your vote in the local and European elections on Thursday to start creating a better, fairer future for Britain.

Out of all the wealth that the workers of this nation create, there is enough to go round

Out of all the wealth that the workers of this nation create, there is enough to go round to give everyone a decent quality of life

For a strong voice, we need a strong union

To protect and defend our members and our public services, we must reach out to new members.

Together we are stronger

Today is International Workers’ Day across the globe – the day when the contribution of workers is recognised and celebrated

Health and safety is no burden

Health and safety is not a burden – it is this government that is a burden on workers

Our members need a pay packet that recognises the vital job they do

For our members working in local government, the reality of everyday life is looking pretty bleak

There must be an end to the NHS pay freeze

Health staff deserve a proper pay rise and the union will back whatever their conference decides

This week, we observe World Health Day

Health services should not be left at the mercy of the market

Our campaign continues for a living wage and fair pay

our campaigning continues – during TUC Fair Pay Fortnight and beyond – for a living wage and fair pay