UNISON criticises government announcement for social care providers

Commenting on the government’s announcement of additional support for social care providers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This announcement is a huge blow for low-paid workers. Each year, care workers are collectively cheated of £130m in wages, but this outrageous state of affairs has failed to prompt any meaningful reaction from the government. “Now ministers see […]

UNISON comments on the Taylor review on modern employment practices

Commenting on the Taylor review on modern employment practices, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “There is serious room for improvement in employment practices particularly for home care workers who are still being exploited en masse. “It’s shocking that so many are not even paid the legal minimum for the work they do. This significantly […]

Government and employers must end poverty pay, says UNISON

Minimum hourly pay for workers must be increased substantially to reflect the rising cost of living, said UNISON today (Friday). The union is calling on the government to raise the current legal minimum from £7.50 an hour to the level of the real living wage (£8.45 an hour or £9.75 in London). It also wants […]

Government’s refusal to end the pay cap is an insult to public sector workers, says UNISON

Responding to the government’s decision to reject a Labour Party amendment to end the one per cent public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government’s rejection of the proposals to end the pay cap is an insult to paramedics, nurses, teaching assistants, care staff and all public sector workers. “Ministers have spent the […]

Government must commit to ending pay cap now, says UNISON 

Responding to government plans to review the one per cent public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This review is a step in the right direction. “But the government has to commit to ending the pay cap and not use the review as a stalling tactic. “Ministers must also recognise the impact […]

UNISON comments on FCA report on the asset management market

Commenting on today’s Financial Conduct Authority report into the asset management market, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON has played a crucial part in exposing the issue of cost transparency in pension funds. This report has significance for a huge number of workers. “For too long, customers have struggled to understand the real cost […]

Time for MPs to stand up for public sector workers, says UNISON

Responding to the Labour Party’s move to force a vote to end the one per cent public sector pay cap, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Quite rightly, politicians of all parties have praised the efforts of public sector workers over the past few months. “This vote gives MPs a chance to show they really […]

‘Now is the time!’ Dave Prentis tells conference

General secretary tells delegates that the tide is turning and that, as the prime minister wobbles, there is hope

Smash the pay freeze and end austerity, says UNISON general secretary

Speaking today (Tuesday) to UNISON’s annual national conference in Brighton, general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We live in a kingdom dangerously divided into the haves and the have-nots. Some are living in misery and poverty – or even in extreme danger as we have seen last week. “The catastrophe at Grenfell Tower was the epitome […]

The momentum is with the energy sector, general secretary tells conference

Dave Prentis opens union’s energy conference with tributes and thanks

UNISON comments on unemployment figures

Commenting on the latest unemployment and earnings figures, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Demand for public services continues to rise, but these figures confirm that the workforce is still being cut. “Services are being starved of funds and staff shortages mean nurses, paramedics, teaching assistants and council employees are having to work even harder, but […]

UNISON responds to inflation rate high

Commenting today (Tuesday) on inflation hitting its highest level in nearly four years, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The soaring cost of living is hitting public sector workers hardest. “Thousands, including nurses and teaching assistants, are struggling on low wages. The government must end the public sector pay cap now.”   Notes for editors: […]

Jeremy has inspired millions, says UNISON

Photo: Mark Pinder | reportdigital.co.uk Commenting today (Friday) on the results of the 2017 general election, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a remarkable result that few predicted at the start of the campaign – certainly not Theresa May. “From the outset UNISON believed that if Labour shifted the debate onto public services […]

UNISON comment on Conservative social care plans

Commenting on the social care announcement that is part of the wider Conservative manifesto launch, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today’s social care announcement reveals what Theresa May’s Britain would be like. It threatens a further demolition of the welfare state, which would leave all but the very poorest forced to cough up for […]

UNISON backs NHS leaders’ call to end pay cap

In response to NHS Providers calling for an end to pay restraint for staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Action is needed now to stop staff leaving the NHS. Hospitals will struggle to keep skilled workers unless they’re rewarded with a decent wage rise and soon. “It’s patients who will suffer unless there are […]