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.

A stark choice

We can choose between safeguarding our public services and increasing the spending power of working people; or five more years of vicious cuts to vital services, and to the pay and conditions of our members who deliver them

Register to vote by 20 April

With everything pointing to the closest election in a generation, and some seats destined to be decided by just a handful of votes, all of us have the power to make a difference – so make sure you’re registered to vote

Police not immune to government’s ruthless austerity agenda

New UNISON report reveals that cuts to police scientific services are placing criminal investigations at risk

The last Budget of this Parliament is almost upon us

A Budget that delivers for ordinary people is what we all would like to hear – unfortunately, I suspect we’re very unlikely to

We need to tackle asbestos in schools

More than 75% of schools in the UK contain asbestos – but the government is still dragging its feet over a report on the scale of the problem due last spring

Bearing the brunt of austerity

UNISON has a positive vision for the community and voluntary sector: close to our communities, innovative, high quality, and speaking out for those who are marginalised

Fair Pay – why we fight for a living wage

Five million workers are earning less than the living wage

Fair Pay Fortnight begins today

A timely reminder of what five years of a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government has meant for the pay packets of working people

The UK has some of the most draconian strike laws in the world

The UK already has tough laws on strikes – there is no need to make them stricter still

Voter registration: every vote really does count

This Thursday (5 February) is National Voter Registration Day: every missing vote could have an impact on who gets the keys to Downing Street

Our members will have their say

This week’s pay offer for NHS staff in England has brought two issues into sharp focus …

The attack on public services

There is no question that public service workers are still paying a heavy price for the recklessness of the bankers all those years ago

The damage Tory cuts are doing to the NHS

The time has come for the Tories to finally begin sorting out the underlying issues in the NHS, which include the major dispute over pay

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Christmas and New Year message

2014 was a big year for UNISON – and 2015 looks set to be even bigger.   As we mark the Christmas holiday and the start of a new year, I can’t help reflecting on the sacrifices our members are making every day to keep vital services going in the face of cuts and pay […]