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: Our whole union stands by our members in Northamptonshire

Our whole union stands by our members in Northamptonshire as they fight for their jobs, their pay and the services they provide. We will continue to do so, through whatever challenges they face next. And we will never stop fighting for better funding, better management and better pay for all our public services.

Blog: A year on, our employment tribunal fees win is changing lives

A year ago today, our union won a huge victory for working people, when we defeated the government on employment tribunal fees. This was a result that could only have been achieved by our union. Only UNISON was able to commit the significant resources over a prolonged period of time that was necessary to win […]

Blog: UNISON members keep our services running over the summer – they deserve our thanks

We are now, undisputedly, in the summer holiday season. In the weeks ahead, millions of people will head off around the UK and out of the country on holiday – taking a break from their day to day. I know that many UNISON members will be looking forward to a break too – with family, friends, loved […]

Blog: Goodbye to a truly inspirational activist

Last weekend I heard the news that Denise Knutsen had sadly passed away. Denise was a truly inspirational activist, dedicated, hard working and with a heart of solid gold. I first got to know Denise during the groundbreaking teaching assistants strike in Brighton. Denise led that dispute with energy, determination and her legendary humour, roping […]

Blog: Thank you school support staff – without you schools couldn’t function

On behalf of UNISON’s 1.3 million members, I want to take this opportunity to thank school support staff for everything you’ve done for our nation’s children this year.

Blog: A Labour government is within our grasp

A Labour government – it’s been too long. We have a real chance to change that, and elect a Labour government with a conscience, a heart, Socialism at its core – and UNISON at its heart.

Happy Birthday to our NHS – the greatest achievement of our movement

The NHS saved my life – that’s a debt I can never repay. But today, and everyday, I will fight to protect this most special institution and the people working within it. I know that you will all do the same.

Happy birthday UNISON

In the years ahead, we must continue to work together, united by a shared purpose to build that better union – not of a million members but millions of members. A union that always goes the extra mile. A union that is always working towards our next milestone. A union that cares about every single member.

Blog: Say no to Subcos

Our union will stand by all of those striking today, and anyone else who ends up in the same position. We need to knock back the misguided and dangerous Subco principle before it takes root.

Coming together to celebrate our NHS

On Saturday, UNISON will March through the streets of London in to celebrate and defend the National Health Service. We will stand alongside those who rely on it, cherish it and campaign for it to demand the end of privatisation and cutbacks in our health service – and show our thanks for the UNISON members who make the NHS so special.

Blog: Internationalism has always been at the heart of our work

UNISON will continue to stand with Liberian health workers in their demand for workers rights and quality public health services. Only by doing that can avoidable tragedies like the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014 be stopped once and for all.

Blog: Time to stop violence and abuse in the workplace

Together, we can end the scandal of violence at work – today’s charter is an important step in that campaign

Blog: National delegate conference isn’t like other union conferences – like our union, it’s special

It’s a great opportunity to come together as a public service workers, meet old friends and new and recommit to our shared values of equality, democracy and publicly owned services. Personally, I love seeing so many of you together in one place, hearing your stories of fighting and winning for our members and learning about the awe-inspiring campaigns you lead.

Blog: A person so clearly full of compassion treated with so little compassion

Fortunately for Michael, it was UNISON who stood by him when he lost his job, and ensured he received the legal representation he needed to fight his case. He was ably supported by his branch and his steward Hugo. His legal status in the UK is clear and he has been offered the chance to return to his old job.

A brutal massacre in Gaza

We condemn the government of Israel for its actions that have brought fresh pain to the Palestinian people and we pledge to redouble our efforts to campaign for the rights of Palestinians, peace and a time when such aggression, violence and killing can be consigned to the history books.