Dave Prentis addresses NDC. Photo: Steve Forrest / Workers' Photos

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: Heart unions and celebrate our victories past and future

Let’s celebrate unions; let’s celebrate UNISON; let’s celebrate the victories of the past, and those that are yet to come

Blog: Hospitals are stretched and NHS staff are under increasing pressure

We all know that our NHS is under real pressure. Whether we work in the health service, or rely on it to care for us and our loved ones, we can see the strain it’s under.

Blog: Fighting for labour values and a Labour government

UNISON will always stand against hatred, and we’ll always speak out when we see it – unlike our Prime Minister, we won’t hold hands with bigots and racists

Blog: Our union remembers the victims of the Holocaust

On this day we remember the precious lives lost and the deep grief felt by those who survived. We honour their memory by challenging anti-Semitism and hate, by remembering the victims of all genocides, and by working to ensure ‘Never Again.’

Blog: Derby – our magnificent members aren’t going anywhere

Our message is clear and my position is the same as our members: the council must negotiate – massive pay cuts for school support staff cannot be the answer

Blog: We must always have hope, even in these difficult times

When those who share our values are being knocked down, we have to get back up and keep on fighting. That’s the only choice we have. And it’s the only thing that has ever changed our country for the better.

Blog: Brexit negotiations need clarity, honesty and openness

No-one voted to leave the EU to weaken their rights at work. Few want to tear apart the families of those who have made their lives here. And everyone would, I hope, want to see a thriving British economy with well-funded public services in the years ahead.

Blog: Cash-strapped schools are struggling to give children a decent education

Only last month I wrote here about the problems facing school funding – and the need for the funding formula to resolve it in a way that’s fair to communities across the country. I said: “The answer to the financial problems schools face is not to shift pots of money about – robbing Peter to […]

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Blog: The fight for our rights that lies ahead

In the long run, employees in the UK could find themselves with less control over their working lives than their EU counterparts. And British rights could go from being enshrined in EU law, to being abolished at the whim of a Secretary of State through “statutory instruments”. That would see working people losing control, rather than taking it.

Blog: Recognition for a champion of our NHS

I’m proud that Gail has been honoured with an OBE, and not just because I know how hard she works for UNISON members. I’m proud too because at time when our health service is under so much pressure, those who work behind the scenes to help our health service function deserve all the praise they can get.

Blog: Together, in UNISON, we can make a difference in 2017

Aside from rarely kept resolutions, the new year is an opportunity to reconsider our priorities, plans and aims for the year ahead – both personally and professionally – and think about the state of our communities, our country and our public services.

If you’re working this Christmas – thank you

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, have a happy one and a safe one. If you’re working this Christmas – thank you. And if not, I hope you get the rest you’ve all earned from a long year of supporting your communities at these difficult times.
Merry Christmas everyone and see you in 2017.

Blog: A message of solidarity to the German people

Our thoughts today and throughout this Christmas period are with those who have lost loved ones, the injured and those – including Ver.di members – who will work to treat the injured and support grieving families and communities in the days and weeks ahead.

Blog: To solve the social care crisis you need to provide the funds

The government should be using the growing surplus of centrally-collected business rates to ease the pressure on councils, not encouraging them to shift the care burden onto hard pressed local taxpayers and create an unfair postcode lottery of care.

Blog: A great example of what our union – and one person within it – can achieve

Resource centres like this one are invaluable to the work of local branches and activists, and provide a visible representation of the work that we do standing up for UNISON members. By making the branch and the union more visible in the workplace and the wider West Norfolk region, more members will be supported, as we strive to deliver more for everyone within UNISON at these most difficult of times.