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.

For a strong voice, we need a strong union

To protect and defend our members and our public services, we must reach out to new members.

Together we are stronger

Today is International Workers’ Day across the globe – the day when the contribution of workers is recognised and celebrated

Health and safety is no burden

Health and safety is not a burden – it is this government that is a burden on workers

Our members need a pay packet that recognises the vital job they do

For our members working in local government, the reality of everyday life is looking pretty bleak

There must be an end to the NHS pay freeze

Health staff deserve a proper pay rise and the union will back whatever their conference decides

This week, we observe World Health Day

Health services should not be left at the mercy of the market

Our campaign continues for a living wage and fair pay

our campaigning continues – during TUC Fair Pay Fortnight and beyond – for a living wage and fair pay

The pay policy pressure cooker

As Fair Pay Fortnight begins, the unrelenting ferocity of this government’s assault on the pay of working people is plain to see.

We’re not prepared to wait until 2018

The Chancellor was pretty full of himself today as he talked at length about the government’s “‘achievements” in his Budget speech.

I’m not holding my breath to hear what the Chancellor says in his Budget

I for one, am not holding my breath to hear what the Chancellor has to say in his Budget tomorrow – and I’m not expecting any measures that will tackle the growing gap between the rich and poor.

This is no way to treat our dedicated NHS members

This is no way to treat our dedicated NHS members – this shabby coalition has once again demonstrated its real colours and should be swept from power for the sake of our NHS

Reverse the Tory attack on essential protections

Labour leader Ed Miliband took up the cudgels on behalf of working people by tabling an Early Day Motion calling for the annulment of new laws that threaten their rights

We need a half million pledges for NHS Change Day

Today is NHS Change Day. And this year UNISON has added our backing to this innovative campaign. The aims behind Change Day underpin many of UNISON’s own campaigning.

I sometimes wonder if we are living in the same country

When I read some newspapers, turn on the TV or radio, or hear David Cameron talking about unemployment, I wonder if we are living in the same country.

Stop wasting time and make an offer now

What a disgrace to see local government employers calling off pay talks, because they want to wait and see what the new minimum wage will be