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.

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.

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.