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.

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

Who could argue with paying people a living wage?

Allowing workers to provide a decent life for them and their families sounds simple – so what’s the problem?

Vice chancellors are on £242,000 while the lowest paid don’t even get living wage

Higher education members strike on 31 October against the 1% they have been offered

Osborne tweets the ‘country is on the path to prosperity’? Get out more George

The latest GDP figures will be of no cheer to ordinary families that see no end to their day-to-day struggle

People are being forced into part time, low paid or temporary jobs

The latest unemployment figures showed a small drop in the number of people unemployed, but closer inspection reveals there is no reason to celebrate

A living wage would be a win-win

We’re submitting our evidence to the Low Pay Commission, calling for a higher national minimum wage

How much lower can this government sink?

Jeremy Hunt’s attempt to refuse a 1% pay rise promised to more than a million health workers is a disgrace

Our young people need hope

Do not be under any illusions – this government has waged an unprecedented attack on young people and their hope for the future.

The Labour party and trade union link

UNISON will continue to fight to protect and defend its members from attack and to help the most vulnerable in our society: we expect the Labour Party to do the same

The NHS is 65 today and we should be celebrating

The future of the NHS is on a knife-edge. Help us celebrate, and protect the NHS

Our members are under vicious attack

A cabinet of millionaires, has declared war on the poor, the sick and the vulnerable. They throw cash at the rich and grab from the poor

Reckless disregard of this government for the majority is unforgiveable

More bad news today, as figures show that 26,000 jobs were lost in the past year.

Water companies make a fortune at our expense

Thames water is the latest company to rip off consumers and push up bills higher than inflation.

Top bosses earn 133 times more than their employees

Top bosses at the FTSE 100 companies received inflation-busting 10% pay rises last year, giving them a massive £4.3m. That’s more than six times the increase in average pay across the economy.