General secretary’s blog

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: A brilliant branch building on their many strengths

Today I saw people from different backgrounds with different talents and different skills coming together to support public service workers. These activists were professional, loyal and committed – a great example of what our union does best. Most of all, the UNISON activists today, like thousands of you across our union, have only one priority – coming together collectively to provide the best possible support for our members.

Blog: Our union fighting and winning for working people in the courts

At a time of real uncertainty for public services with a No Deal Brexit looming on the horizon, these victories make me so proud of our union, and what we can achieve together.

Blog: Money spent on public service workers and their pay is money well spent

At this time of real insecurity, it’s time the government provided much needed funds across the whole public sector, before further long-lasting and avoidable damage is caused

Blog: Fighting for the future of council housing

I was brought up in a council house in inner-city Leeds. I know that council housing is vital to our country’s future, because like millions of people it’s part of my own life story and I know what a huge difference it can make to any family.

Blog: Durham shows that our movement remains vital

Like Tolpuddle, Burston and other fantastic labour movement events, Durham is about both our movement’s past and our future. As the Durham Miners’ motto says “the past we inherit, the future we build”.

Blog: Fighting for that radical Labour government our members need

I know that our Labour Link will remain vital in fighting for our union’s politics within Labour. Influencing, convincing and fighting for that radical Labour government our members need. But it’s not just Labour people I’ve been speaking to this week.

Blog: Respect Your Youth

As we continue to grow as a union, getting young members more involved will continue to be a priority – the #RespectYourYouth Charter launched in Wales is a great example of how our union can do that.

Blog: Reinvigorated for the year ahead

Our National Delegate Conference (NDC) which took place last week in Liverpool showcased so much of what makes our union great. We discussed some of the biggest issues facing our country, our public services and the wider world – and developed a plan of action focussed on the priorities of UNISON members for the year […]

Blog: solidarity has never been more relevant or more necessary

It’s what keeps our union strong. It’s what makes me proudest of all about our great union. And it must always be at the heart of everything we do.

Blog: Why Labour should nationalise energy suppliers

ationalisation would create a “green army” working to decarbonise UK homes and businesses. Customer services and sales staff would have their time freed up to focus on helping consumers become more energy efficient which reduces consumption, bills and emissions. Renewable forms of energy like solar panels or converting homes to greener hydrogen boilers would become the norm among consumers.

Another legal victory for our union – and for thousands of NHS workers

UNISON always believed that the rules around NHS pay already allowed for overtime and working beyond the end of a shift to be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. This is a victory for NHS workers who regularly go the extra mile to make sure we receive the best care possible at all times of the day and night.

Blog: UNISON remains proudly internationalist

This week has been a great opportunity to a whole continent of trade unionists to recommit ourselves to fighting and winning the challenges ahead. And based on what we’ve all heard this week, there’s so much to fight for, and so much to be hopeful about.

Blog: A stunning victory for these incredible domestics

On behalf of everyone in our union – I want to congratulate the PAH domestics for their courage in the face of real pressure. I am so proud they have stood strong and I am so proud that they are part of our union.

Blog: This kind of sustained growth sets us apart

Earlier this year, we set ourselves a target – to keep on growing our union. We’re not resting on our laurels, we owe it to every UNISON member and every potential UNISON member to keep on growing and building our collective strength. Over the past month, activists and staff alike have been working on our […]

Blog: Taking on Trump and his hateful ideology

If this government had any backbone at all, they’d be standing up to Trump and his hateful ideology, not rolling out the red carpet for him.