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.

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.

Our voice will not be silenced

Cameron and Clegg have shamelessly roped in so-called trade union “reform” that will drastically curb our abilities to campaign on behalf of our members and to defend our public services.

Celebrating our women

Women are the ones who are keeping families together during this recession. Women are the ones who are caring for others, queuing at foodbanks, enduring payday loan sharks and losing jobs by the thousands.

We need a national living wage

I was heartened to see this week that investigations by Revenue and Customs inspectors have led to more than 700 employers being penalised for paying their workers less than the national minimum wage.

Half a million resort to food banks

What a damning indictment of this government to read in the papers this morning that more than half a million people in Britain are resorting to food banks to stave off hunger and destitution.