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The leader of UNISON the UK’s largest union has announced that he is to stand down at the end of the year.

Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of UNISON since 2001, is to retire on 31 December, when his term of office ends.

Commenting on his decision, Dave Prentis said: “I’ve been so proud to serve as UNISON general secretary for 20 years. It’s been the honour and privilege of my life to be able to represent our incredible public service workers from across our four nations, and never more so than in the last few difficult months.

“Every day for the past 47 years, I’ve been proud to serve this union. I have always been driven by a belief in fairness and justice for all our members, especially in the past five months when they and our public services have risen to the many challenges posed by the pandemic.

“As the health crisis turns to an economic crisis, I will be here to continue to lead UNISON until the end of this year. There’s much still to do – holding the government to account for its handling of the pandemic, ensuring proper funding for our public services and a decent pay rise for all their hardworking employees.”

A timetable for electing Dave’s successor has been agreed by the union’s NEC.

Nominations for his successor will be accepted from 10 August to 25 September 2020. PiU will decide if and who we will nominate at our Branch committee meeting on September 8th

Ballot will run from 28 October to 27 November 2020 and results will be issued on 11 January 2021.

All members, including retired members (but not honorary members), who are on the union’s membership register as of 28 July 2020, will be entitled to vote in this election.

Plymouth in UNISON will use this page to collect information from all candidates seeking nomination so members can make an informed choice.

Currently declared Roger McKenzie & Christina McAnea


I am seeking your branch’s nomination for General Secretary of UNISON. I have the experience, proven track record and vision to lead our union in partnership with you.

My campaign is led by senior lay activists; and over 25 years I have worked with branches up and down the country. I am UNISON’s Assistant General Secretary for Bargaining, Negotiations and Equalities, and I have been fighting for the trade union movement nearly all my working life. I am committed and passionate about delivering fairness and justice for all our members.

As a national negotiator, across every sector in UNISON, and one of the most senior women trade union negotiators in the country, I have stood up to Governments and led national disputes to fight for our members’ pay, pensions and conditions.

I led UNISON’s response to covid-19, demanding PPE, support and action for groups worst affected, including Black, disabled and low-paid workers. At every turn, I have worked with branches and regions to support members.

We need a modern, organising union fit for the future.

I will take bold decisions to direct resources and funding to branches to support and represent every member. I will put local organisers where they are needed and kickstart a modern organising strategy fit for a digital era. Regions will be funded to respond to the challenges from devolved governments in English regions, as well as in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In a world where workers are becoming more isolated, I will ensure no member is left alone. UNISON will be there for you. To secure our members’ futures and support our activists, I will establish a National UNISON College delivering education and training.

I will demand a new deal for our public services, that delivers dignity at work, pay and conditions that reflect your essential work and sustained long-term investment in all our public services. I will not allow the public sector to pay for covid-19.

I launched UNISON’s Care After Covid campaign and I am calling for a National Social Care Service that provides cradle to grave care and gives care workers professional recognition and respect, better pay, sick pay, training and career opportunities. Organising this workforce will be a top priority.

Together with our self-organised groups, we will lead the fight to dismantle the injustice of all racism and discrimination. We will push for legislation to close all discriminatory pay gaps.

I will use the collective strength of our 1 million women to be the voice for women’s rights across this country and around the world. We will demand recognition for the value of the work that women do.

Like you, I have been an activist fighting for workers’ rights all my life. You can trust in my experience and ability, to lead in partnership with you, to deliver for all our members and to fight for our future in UNISON.

Thank you for taking the time to consider nominating me as your next General Secretary of UNISON.

Yours in solidarity,

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