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Dave Prentis

General Secretary of UNISON

Dave Prentis has been General Secretary of the UK’s largest public sector union, UNISON, since January 2001. He was re-elected to the 1.4 million strong union with an overwhelming 70+% of the vote in both March 2005 and June 2010. He was UNISON’s Deputy General Secretary from its formation in 1993. Under his leadership, membership of UNISON has grown steadily. He has the tough task of leading TUC talks with the coalition government on public spending and public sector pensions. Dave was born and brought up in Leeds and went to the University of London, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. This was followed by a Masters degree in industrial relations at the University of Warwick. He is a member of the TUC General Council, TUC Executive Committee and the Trade Union Labour Party Liaison Committee. He is a member of the Labour Party Joint Policy Committee; a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s (IPPR) Policy Advisory Council and also Catalyst, two centre-left research bodies. Dave is also an adviser to the Warwick Institute of Governance and Public Management and a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is a member of various joint working parties with the government and the CBI. He is president of Unity Trust Bank. Currently President of Public Services International and Commissioner on the Board of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

The Government is Trying to Paint a Picture of Macho Union Leaders Squaring up for a Fight

Nurses, teaching assistants, social workers, dinner ladies and paramedics are lining up at the picket lines to protect their pensions during the biggest strike in living memory. UNISON has said from the start that we want to reach a negotiated settlement, and that still stands. We were willing to take part in scheme specific talks, right up until 30 November and we are still committed to continuing negotiations. Action is a last resort, but after eight months of negotiations we still have no firm offer to put to a single public sector worker.
29/11/2011 22:46 GMT

Directors' Bonuses - A Kick in the Teeth for Government Workers

Low paid local government workers are struggling to make ends meet right now - frozen pay, Government cuts and rising inflation have seen to that. This is why it is a kick in the teeth for them to hear that the pay of directors in the UK's top businesses have risen by 50% in the last year alone.
28/10/2011 13:17 BST

Our National Health Service in Peril

Over the lifetime of the Labour Government, huge investment has transformed the NHS, cutting waiting lists and times, and equipping it with staff and resources fit for the 21st century. I believe it would be a criminal dereliction of duty if the present government threw all that away for the sake of narrow political dogma.
12/07/2011 14:09 BST