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: MPs must guarantee EU citizens the right to remain

Last week I wrote to all MPs backing EU citizens right to remain in the UK. I told them about the 67,000 UNISON members who are EU citizens working in public services, strongly urrged them to support the Lords amendment which guarantees the right to remain and to do all they can to convince the Government to change course.

Blog: The WASPI campaign is a struggle for fairness

Some women have already waited years for an answer from the government – some as many as six years. That’s not fair or just, and it’s created real financial hardship, especially for those who’ve waited 14 years from the passage of legislation to being informed about the changes made. That’s 14 wasted years where different retirement plans could have been made.

Blog: Hammond’s inadequate Budget

While the Chancellor has – at long last – woken up to the reality of a situation exacerbated by his austerity government, the money announced yesterday won’t end the extreme rationing of care. In reality the government is just treading water, as it waits for a real social care plan to emerge.

Blog: A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way

With significant changes on the way, this week is a great opportunity to speak to UNISON members, employers and apprentices and recruit apprentices into UNISON. A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way – let’s make sure they’re part of our union, and getting the best possible deal.

Blog: The NHS is in crisis – there must be an urgent injection of cash now

Thousands will march through the streets of London on Saturday, raising their banners and their voices to oppose cuts, closures and privatisation – and to save our NHS.

Blog: If the government wants to tackle low pay, glossy adverts aren’t the answer

If the government wants to spend money on tackling low pay, there are better alternatives – like real legal enforcement of the minimum wage to penalise unscrupulous employers and introducing a living wage low-paid workers can actually live on, a legal minimum wage worthy of the name.

Blog: Let Copeland be our final warning

While there are many ways in which we can change society and our communities for the better, the only way to make lasting change is to win elections, and seize power for working people. That is, and must always be, the Labour party’s cause. Let Copeland be our final warning, not the latest signpost on the road to decline.

Blog: Standing against hate in all its forms

At a time when our values are under fire, we must take every opportunity to oppose peddlers of bigotry, and attacks on the powerful diversity of our country – and UNISON will take a leading role in the war on hate.

Blog: Heart Unions, Heart Palestinian workers’ rights

I am proud that UNISON supported WAC-MAAN to organise Palestinian workers in the illegal Israeli industrial zones, and we stood with them in their fight for justice for Hatem and the workers at the Zarfarti garage. Wins like this are rare for Palestinian workers living under occupation, so when they happen they should be celebrated. Especially in heart unions week.

Blog: Our NHS is in crisis – and it is a disaster of the government’s own making

Nine out of10 hospitals faced overcrowding this winter – a sure-fire sign that government underfunding is beginning to affect patient care. Waiting times are up. And there’s a widespread cash shortage forcing difficult decisions on staff around the country.

Blog: There is so much to fight for today and in the future

Let’s remember why we fight together to change our government and our country for the better. But let’s also remember the great, often unseen but absolutely vital, work that unions and trade unionists do unheralded each and every day. Those acts of representation, support and campaigning are the foundations on which our union is built. And there is so much of it to love.

Blog: Lets celebrate the successes as well as the struggles

In the months and years ahead, unions will once again fight for the rights of our members and all working people. For the rights we currently have and the rights we deserve. There will be future victories for our movement that will make the lives of millions better.

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