Dave Prentis

The Trade Union Bill Is Not the Only Draft Legislation Attacking the Rights of Public Sector Workers

Dave Prentis | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The Trade Union Bill is not the only piece of draft legislation currently attacking unions. Largely unnoticed the Enterprise Bill is shuffling through Parliament. Mostly uncontentious save one clause that should cause alarm to any public sector worker facing redundancy in the next few years.

We Need the Real Living Wage to Tackle the Low Pay Challenge

Angela Eagle | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

Living Wage Week is a time to take stock of the low pay challenge that confronts a growing number of working people in the UK - and think about what more can be done to tackle it. Despite the many living wage victories, the outlook is bleak.... Against this backdrop, we should see George Osborne's 'national living wage' for what it is - an enhanced minimum wage. And while it would be churlish to deny that it will do some good (it was after all a policy that was swiped straight out of Labour's 2015 manifesto), we need to recognise three big flaws in the government's way of going about things that reveal the weakness of its approach to tackling lowpay.

Tax Credit Cuts Are Just the Start of the Austerity Damage Being Done

Dave Prentis | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Speaking after the election, David Cameron told the nation that his government would be on the side of those 'who work hard.' But six months on a very different story is emerging. And it is the incomes of hard-working families that are to be hit once again. Next April, three million low to middle income households face a savage cut to their incomes - the equivalent in some cases of more than 10% of their take home pay. A contract cleaner recently burst into tears when she realised what the changes meant for her family, and I am sadly not short of other heartbreaking stories.

Are the Conservatives Really the Party of Working People? Don't Believe It for a Second

Dave Prentis | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

If ministers are really concerned about low pay, they should start by announcing that all government departments are to become living wage employers, and encourage other employers to follow suit. They must also fund local councils properly so that the introduction of the living wage does not bankrupt the social care sector. The government should also back UNISON's Ethical Care Charter and help address the endemic levels of non-compliance in the care sector by ensuring that all care workers are paid for their travel time.

The Rate Is Up, But Far Too Few Are Being Paid the Living Wage

Dave Prentis | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Employers who do not pay at least the Living Wage, especially those who are turning a decent profit, need to wake up to the growing public outrage that so many among our workforce are expected to exist on poverty pay.

Pregnant Kate Middleton Compared To 'Young Women Who Have Babies To Get State Handouts'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

The Duchess of Cambridge has been compared to “young women having babies to get state handouts” by the general secretary of one of Labour’s bigg...

'Underpaid' MPs Call For 32% Payrise

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

MPs have told the watchdog reviewing their pay that they deserve a 32% hike to £86,250, leading to accusations they are living in "cloud cuckoo land"...

Future Of Libraries 'Drastic' Says Union

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

The future of libraries in the UK is in jeopardy because of "drastic" cuts and the "looming threat" of privatisation, a leading union warned today. ...

The Wage of Dave

Dannie Grufferty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dannie Grufferty

We can bemoan the privatisation agenda all we like, but it exists nonetheless, and I'd rather spend my time supporting students to work with other workers and unions to negotiate better conditions, including a living wage.

Is A Public Sectior Regional Pay Deal Fair?

Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Politics

Earlier this week, the right-wing thinktank Policy Exchange published a new report calling for regional pay to replace national pay in the public sect...

Together We're Stronger: Unison And GMB Form Alliance

PA | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK

Two of the country's biggest trade unions have formed an alliance to campaign against the Government's austerity measures. Unison and the GMB, whic...

'We Will Smash The Pay Freeze'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK

A leading union is to turn up the heat on the government's public sector pay policy by smashing up a giant block of ice in the shape of a pound sign a...

Unions: Scrap 'Divisive' Regional Pay Plans

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

Unions stepped up demands for the Government to scrap controversial plans for regional pay in the public sector after the Deputy Prime Minister said n...

GMB Union Considers Future With Labour After Cuts Rows

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Politics

One of the Labour's largest union donors is to debate its future links with the party, in the latest sign that relations between Ed Miliband and the u...

Now It Gets Really Ugly: Unison Leader Savages Miliband

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has been accused of "breathtaking naivety" and playing "cheap politics" by the Unison union leader Dave Prentis, after the Labour party sa...

Unemployment - The Government Continues to Ignore the Human Cost of Its Cuts

Dave Prentis | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

Warning bells should be sounding in Westminster in the run up to Christmas. While the government gears up for the recess and festive celebrations, hard-pressed families across the UK are wondering how they are going to put a turkey on the table this year. What a seriously bleak midwinter for the 2.64million now unemployed and the millions of low paid workers, suffering from pay freezes in the face of high inflation.

George Osborne Tells Unions To Get Back Round The Table

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers have stepped up their war of words with the unions as Britain's biggest public sector strike for a generation gets underway. Chancellor G...

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

Dave Prentis | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

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.

Political Reaction To The Jobless Figures

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Politics

The jobless figures were worse than expected, with 8.3% of the economically active population now out of work. They are, quite simply, the worse unem...

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

Dave Prentis | Posted 28.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

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.

Inflation Set To Hit Three Year High

PA | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK

Inflation is expected to hit a three-year high, landing the Government with a bumper bill for increased state benefits and underlining the squeeze on ...

Women 'Hardest Hit By Government's Public Sector Pension Reforms'

PA | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Women are the biggest group to be hit by the Government's controversial reforms of public sector pensions which has sparked the threat of a strike by ...