‘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…

EL Presidente T-Shirt

Last year after Eric Roberts became president of UNISON, the London Ambulance Service Branch of UNISON had an idea of making a t-shirt with Eric’s picture on with El Presidente written underneath. We planned to wear them at the Health and National Delegate Conferences this year whilst Eric was in his Presidency year. This was going to be a complete surprise to Eric! Sadly, this will now never happen and…

Remembering Eric – A UNISON celebration of the life of Eric Roberts

The life of Eric Roberts, a lifelong servant of our union and of those in greatest need, will be celebrated at a UNISON event on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Our Branch Secretary and UNISON President, who passed away at the end of November, worked for the London Ambulance Service for 42 years and was the first UNISON member from the ambulance service to be elected as UNISON President. Eric was…

Remembering Eric

Since the sad news that our branch secretary and current UNISON President had passed away, we have been inundated with tributes & photos. Eric was a genuine lovely man who touched so many people right across the country and even across the world. We all knew within our branch just what Eric had done for the Ambulance Service but we did not know just how much he had done for…

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…

You’ll never walk alone with Eric

Eric Roberts looks forward to a year as the president of ‘the best union in the country’ It’s been a long and winding road, but for new UNISON president Eric Roberts, the journey from mending the Beatles’ drums to being the leading lay member of the “best union in the country” gives him the opportunity to be an ambassador who’ll make the members feel good about themselves and their union….