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 real and necessary debate about our country’s future

Our conference is once again having the real and necessary debate about our country’s future. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our country’s government. Theresa May has shown not only her weakness and desperation to cling onto power, but also her inability to grasp just how much our nation cries out as one to demand change.

Finsbury Park – A further attempt by extremists to divide our nation and our communities

It is clear that this assault on worshippers leaving a Mosque in Finsbury Park during the holy month of Ramadan was a further attempt by extremists to divide our nation and our communities. To target those who had been praying peacefully – targeting a group of people based solely on their religion – is a despicable act.

Grenfell – We cannot risk another tragedy like this happening ever again

Our hearts go out to all those caught up in the fire in Kensington, many of whom still don’t know what has happened to their friends and family members, and to those who escaped, but have lost everything.

Blog: Truly remarkable election results

I am proud of the role we played from our tireless work in key constituencies, our high profile advertising and social media campaigns, to the personalised emails and direct mail we were able to send to our members. It all made a big difference to the results across the country.

Blog: All that we care about and all that we value is on the line this Thursday

We are now just days away from a day that will define the future of our country and our public services. The choice is a clear one. More cuts, more pain, lower wages and more public service job cuts under the Conservatives. Or an end to austerity, real investment in public services and a bright, […]

Blog: We will never be defeated by acts of cowardice and violence

Today and in the days ahead, the people of London will continue to live, work and love in this great city – and they will never be defeated by acts of violence and cowardice which seek to divide us.

Blog: The government is putting pupils at risk with more school cuts

Next week the country has a choice between school cuts under the Tories and investment in our children’s education under Labour – I know what choice I’ll be making, and which is better for our schools, our children and the future of our country.

Blog: When public services win, our whole country wins

In the weeks ahead, let us make these the issues that define the general election – because they are the issues that will define the future of our country for a generation.

Solidarity with Manchester – hatred will never triumph

We pay tribute to the staff who worked throughout the night to save lives, to those who rushed into work when they heard news of the attack and to those who will continue to put Manchester back together in the days and weeks ahead. We could not be prouder to have y as part of our union.

Blog: Register to vote – and stand up for public services

The future of our public services are at stake, and with them, the jobs, pay and lives of all UNISON members. If you’re reading this then those are things you care about. So register to vote – and stand up for public services.

Blog: A Labour government is not only possible, it’s vital for our public services

It’s absolutely imperative we see a Labour victory on 8 June. Nurses, teaching assistants, social care workers and everyone who relies upon our public services deserve nothing less.

Blog: Our social care system is in crisis and the Conservative Party just doesn’t have the answers

Their proposals threaten a further demolition of the welfare state, which will leave all but the very poorest forced to cough up for their care.

Blog: Ambulance workers are a special breed

Branches like these show how right we are to be proud of our union, and what UNISON activists are capable of, even in these difficult times.

Blog: Young members are the present and future of our movement

This weekend, many of UNISON’s young members are coming together to talk about the future of our union, the future of public services and the future of our country.

Blog: The pay cap is bad for health workers and it’s bad for the NHS

When it comes to the NHS, the facts are clear – Labour understands the investment and support our health service needs. The Tories just want to run the health service down.