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: Fighting for decent services, decent pay and decent jobs in Somerset

Together, we will fight for decent services, decent pay and decent jobs in Somerset, and everywhere else where austerity has pushed local services to breaking point.

Blog: Our whole union stands with the Glasgow strikers

Today and tomorrow, thousands of women will be on strike to continue their long running campaign to win the equal pay they have been denied for too long. For twelve years they’ve fought for equal pay, and yet throughout Glasgow City Council have dragged their heels and failed to pay these incredible public service workers the wage they deserve.

Blog: Signing a charter – and ticking off a pledge

As more councils sign our Ethical Care Charter, thousands more care workers secure greater protection at work, better pay and more training

Blog: Victory for Bolton NHS workers

Everyone who works in the NHS has a vital role to play in our health service, and this strike action has shown that those subjected to the subco regime are still NHS workers, and willing to fight for the pay and conditions that entails.

Blog: We’re demanding that the government stand up for further education

Further education colleges play a vital role in the fabric of our local communities. They are one of the key building blocks of our education system, yet they are being chipped away by a government who profess to care about education and yet underfund and cut it every chance they get.

Blog: A decision that defies logic, common sense and fair play

There’s no good reason to pay staff a pound less than others doing the same job, just because they’re employed by a subco. UNISON will stand with these striking workers – and others fighting unfair subcos – every step of the way as they fight for the wages they deserve.

Blog: How UNISON is protecting jobs – and supporting innovation – in the energy sector

One of UNISON’s greatest strengths is our diversity. That includes our presence outside what some might consider our core public sector employers. A great example of that is the energy sector. Our long-standing representation of energy workers is something I’ve always been passionate about, having once been the national negotiator for the electricity sector when […]

Blog: Local government staff are at breaking point

Half of local government workers – vital providers of services we’re all reliant on – thinking about leaving their roles because they’ve become too stressful. The vast majority fearful for the future of local services. This is a disastrous situation – but it’s one that UNISON has long warned about, and which the government have chosen to exacerbate at every turn.

Blog: Get ready for Grovember

Whether you’re working in a town hall or a private care home, you are a public service worker and you need the strength of UNISON around you – and every voice we add to the chorus makes us all stronger, able to demand more and win more. That’s why we’re making November about growing our union – and we’re calling it Grovember.

Blog: Low pay? No way

All these UNISON members want is to be able to earn a wage that allows then to support their families and. NSL need to get around the negotiating table, and come up with an offer that meets our members needs – because this group are strong, they’re sticking together and they have the resolve to fight and win.

Blog: Proud of our union, our party and our essential link

The past few days at Labour conference have been great for both our party and our union. Few Labour conferences would provide such a strong argument for the importance of the Labour Link to UNISON than this one

Blog: Radicalism and ambition

I was pleased to hear John McDonnell note our fight against PFI last week in his speech to the TUC, but our party can and must go further still, by bringing all public services back in house, ending privatisation once and for all.

Blog: Continuing the fight against privatisation

Now, more than ever, we have a chance to push back against private profit and in favour of public need. In Manchester next week, we will continue to fight for just that.

Blog: Standing with home care workers every step of the way

As a Labour member, I’m appalled to see a Labour council put these incredible public service workers in such an impossible position. And as your General Secretary, I’ll stand with home care workers every step of the way, demanding the council recognise their mistakes, and get this sorted once and for all.

Blog: You can attack us all you want – we aren’t going anywhere

Everyone who has ever received support from UNISON knows how vital our union’s activists are. In every branch, they are the beating heart of the union, UNISON members working tirelessly to support other UNISON members around the clock and all year round. Without UNISON activists, there would be no UNISON. And yet, year after year, […]