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.

Happy Christmas and a better New Year

During this festive season, while the vast majority are enjoying time with family and friends, spare a thought for the millions of workers who will be making sure we can do just that in safety and comfort. Public service workers will be making sure the sick and vulnerable are still cared for; that the streets […]

Trading standards officers protect all of us

Trading standards officers play a vital role in protecting all of us when we are shopping, both online and in our local high streets. They guard against exploding halogen heaters, enforce guidance on toys that could be dangerous to toddlers, and crack down on retailers selling make-up containing toxic ingredients that cause permanent scarring. And […]

Local government cannot afford NOT to pay the Living Wage

£1.20 might not sound like much. But for half a million low paid local government workers, every hour it’s the difference between a poverty wage and a living wage.

Landmark for homecare workers

Today represents a landmark for homecare workers. It’s a small step, but one that has the potential to benefit hundreds of thousands of homecare workers across the UK, and the people they care for every day.

The least MPs can do is show a little restraint

Reports today that MPs are to get an 11% pay rise will infuriate many millions of people who are suffering the effects of this government’s austerity agenda.

Mourning Nelson Mandela

Like millions of people across the globe it was with real sadness that I heard the news of the death of Nelson Mandela.  His death was not a shock, but his life sent shockwaves across the world and his legacy is felt and will continue to be felt by generations to come.  He was an […]

Support our striking members in higher ed

Taking strike action at any time of year is a difficult decision – and especially in the lead-up to Christmas

Teaching assistants deserve our support

Today is a national celebration of teaching assistants, the work they do and the incalculable benefits they bring to pupils

You cannot separate low pay from child poverty

The latest Resolution Foundation report shows a staggering 3.5m workers have been stuck on low pay for a decade – and solidly reinforces the picture of how divided our nation has become

We’re not all in this together

We’ll continue our campaign for decent treatment for public service workers

Sorry saga of private companies

The sorry saga of private companies taking over our public services and ripping off taxpayers to the tune of millions of pounds is being played out in Parliament this week

Solidarity to those acting against blacklisting today

Today is the TUC national day of action on blacklisting – a hugely important issue, and day, for all trade unionists

Top bosses get 14% pay rise – the rest of us? 1% if we’re lucky

If anyone was in any doubt that we are not all in this together, this week started off with the news that top bosses’ pay had increased a massive 14% in the past year

It’s not easy to blow the whistle when you’re being bullied

Colchester hospital shows how much whistleblowing matters, and a union that protects members when they do is vital too

Tory health minister pockets £17m while workers take out payday loans: call that fair?

Payday loan sharks still shamelessly charging massive interest rates: and it’s people who have the least who have to pay the most