Former Dynasty star highlights UNISON’s Pay Up Now! campaign

Giving public service workers a pat on the back isn’t going to put food on their table A new UNISON film, featuring former Dynasty actor Stephanie Beacham, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why the government should give teaching assistants, paramedics, refuse collectors and other public service workers a pay rise. The two-minute satirical Pat on the Back film highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication…

UNISON calls on government to fund a proper NHS pay rise

‘NHS staff and their families need a pay award that stops the rot’ UNISON is breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. Working with the other NHS trade unions, UNISON has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, urging  him to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with…

‘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 “Now is the time to rise up – now is the time to smash the pay cap.” That was the call at the heart of a rallying, optimistic message from UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today, when he addressed the union’s national delegate conference in Brighton. Condemning the reality of the…

NEC pays tribute to Eric Roberts

‘We should make Eric proud by continuing on in the union – let’s make and keep this the best union’ “Eric Roberts was our president – and he was someone who looked after people. He was a friend and he was more than a friend to so many of us,” a sombre UNISON executive heard this morning. (7 Dec) General secretary Dave Prentis opened the London meeting with a tribute…

UNISON general secretary shows support for London Ambulance Service members

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis today (Tuesday) showed his support for London Ambulance Service (LAS) UNISON members as they face unprecedented pressures caused by cuts and performance targets. Speaking on a visit to the LAS UNISON branch, Mr Prentis said he understood just how tough it was for them and highlighted the failure of the government to appreciate the crucial role members play in saving lives. He said: “I know…

General Secretary Election

We are pleased to announce that London Ambulance UNISON Branch has nominated Dave Prentis for re-election as General Secretary. The Branch backed Dave because of his impressive record of standing up for our members in Ambulance Services. He is the only candidate with backing from across the whole of our union and therefore the Branch believes that he is the candidate who can bring the whole union together.   Dave…

‘Hands off our pensions!’

“Today, as general secretary of UNISON, I give formal notice to 9,000 employers that we are balloting for action,” declared Dave Prentis when he opened the TUC debate on pensions this morning.