"He always had a very positive relationship with No 10," Nita Clarke, the former Downing Street adviser who was Blair's link with the unions, said. Education: Leeds Grammar School; BA in history at University of London; MA in industrial relations at University of Warwick. Union barons are supposed to be arrogant, opinionated, politically motivated and greedy. I love being with them. "I've never had a pay rise that was not applied to the rest of the staff." Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, called on the Government to convene urgent talks to discuss the report, rather than "rushing" to make cuts and face industrial action. "We're not banging the table. 38 union chiefs are paid more than £100,000 a year, seven more than David Cameron. According to Unison's most recent annual accounts, his total salary and benefits in 2010 came to just … People earning just above the minimum wage? "I'm not threatening a summer of discontent," he insists. The ballot is secret, but the language Prentis is using suggests he is confident they'll say yes. But not under Gordon Brown, it seems. The economy is in deep trouble. And here comes a bolshy trade union leader, warning the Prime Minister that his members are angry and ready to deliver a fatal blow. This small and slim man looks casual enough for the conference floor but smart enough to meet with ministers. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "Our members are not like tanker drivers who can hold the nation to ransom. A few days ago, I was disappointed to hear that Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison – my trade union – has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Bank of England.. As the leader of one of the UK’s largest trade unions, Prentis is involved in ongoing negotiations over proposed changes to public sector workers’ pensions. He has remembered an outside interest. Unison has just published a Mori poll showing that nearly half of traditional Labour voters are less likely to back the party next time. Posted on 9 November 2020 9 November 2020 by Dave Prentis Blog: Why we’ll never stop fighting for a real living wage for all You cannot praise public service workers for keeping our communities going… while simultaneously expecting the same people to survive on poverty pay We care for the vulnerable in society." After chemotherapy, he had his food pipe and part of his stomach cut out – and as if that were not enough, he contracted MRSA while he was in hospital. ... Dave Prentis The cut could have paid for an extra 30,000 nurses, 15,000 police officers, 20,000 teachers and 10,000 police community support officers. The reason this quiet man has so little visibility is that he does not conform to the idea of what a big union boss should be. "Dave's a negotiator. A trade union official told him to "get the hell out of here and go to university". She pointed out that the figure was agreed by the union’s national executive committee and that he was “worth every penny”. He's on a basic salary of £89,000. Did the posh boys have a go at him? Those words were spoken by Dave Prentis of Unison, the second largest union in the country, at its annual conference last week. Posted on 16 November 2020 16 November 2020 by Dave Prentis Blog: Time to celebrate and look after our young members This young workers month, let’s listen and support one of the fastest growing groups of our membership and ensure they don’t pay the price of the pandemic ... my net monthly salary for the 2020/2021 financial year is now £2.98 more than my 2018/2019 salary compliments of this year’s 3.2% pension increase! Some say the Conservatives look more competent. Geography still divides. A decade of spending cuts left public services exposed when Covid came calling. ", That's how it has always been for him, since he was a child in Leeds. His Lucky Penny Shop channel has over 6,000 videos, which have amassed a total of 1 billion views and counting. 2020 General Secretary election When he was elected general secretary of Unison in 2000, he was not the candidate of the far left, and when left-wing union activists in the union movement talk approvingly about the "awkward squad", they do not include Dave Prentis in this pantheon. Unite’s general secretary, ... Dave Prentis, that he would be stepping down … His two daughters by his long-term partner Liz Snape, Unison's head of policy, are roughly the same age as Blair's children, the elder girl being now out of her teens. One way of avoiding it was "continued restraint on pay". Does he really want to let David Cameron in? Dave Prentis received the award the Open University (OU) at the ceremony in the Barbican Centre, London. There's even a petrol crisis. He'll stay and negotiate for as long as it takes," a Unison official said yesterday. "This job is a way of life, from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed. Dave – not David – Prentis definitely sees himself as a man of his people. We don't want to run the country. Oh!" "They are stuck in the past themselves, those people," he says in a clipped, tense voice that gets more Leeds the more his irritation rises. "Yes." "I avoid it like the plague. "Ardent Leeds United fan. Dave Prentis (born 1948) is a British trade unionist who is the current General Secretary of UNISON, the United Kingdom's largest trade union. Tax-evasion by the rich amounts to £37bn and nobody says anything. ", That, says his director of policy, Liz Snape, who has been sitting in on our conversation, "is because you've got a million women." Union barons are meant to be arrogant and politically motivated. ", Nicknamed Mr Mainstream when he stepped up to lead Unison eight years ago, Prentis was one of the new breed of union leaders prepared to adapt to life under Tony Blair. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. COVID-19 ... General secretary Dave Prentis said: " Reports of pay restraint for all but frontline NHS staff would be a … Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison which has more than 1.3million members, says the country should brace itself for 'rolling action over an indefinite period'. Dave Prentis 00:01, 23 NOV 2020. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, Suck on a Spangle, we're back in the Seventies. ... Australia in 2020. Not now the hard times are here. It speaks volumes about the public perception of trade unions that fewer people can name the leader of the country's biggest public sector union than can tell you who runs the railwaymen. Prentis speaks softly, rarely expresses an opinion that is not strictly related to his job, and his slight physical stature is testimony to the fact that he eats sparingly. In the winter, if there was no work coming in, we would wonder what would happen in the spring. Soaring inflation is already rendering it obsolete, says Prentis, and if it continues he will fight for a new deal. Most of his friends are trade unionists, he says. "This isn't a proper job. 25 November 2020. "Times are tough," admitted the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in his Mansion House speech. Prentis is not by any measure badly paid. There is a limit to how often they can be persuaded to do it again. Tony Blair once complained of "the scars on my back" from his battles with public employees, yet there is no mention in his memoirs of the man who led the biggest public sector union through most of his premiership. "It may be frosty when I get back from here. We still live in that divided society now. Then there are the 800,000 NHS workers who became subject to a new agreement at Easter. So is the Government. Dave Prentis was re-elected in an election with 49.4% of the vote of 9.8% turnout of members. I was hauled in at school. Such fighting talk is new from the general secretary, who represents 1.4 million men and women providing public services – from health managers and nurses through probation officers to dinner ladies. Did he feel adrift, as so many grammar school boys did, between his working-class roots and his middle-class friends? You won’t be surprised to see that comrade Prentis is one of those unfortunate fat-cats who earn between £100,000 and £112,950. He's extremely intelligent, and a very good leader of the union, very, very highly thought of throughout government. "I got on with them very well. He wants to negotiate a deal. Prentis, in Bournemouth for Unison's conference last week, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Dave Prentis: 'Raise them up, or they will bring you down'. He was UNISON's deputy general secretary (DGS) from its formation in July 1993, when it was formed from NALGO, NUPE and CoHSE. I've got staffing policies covering 1,500 employees all over the country. We have to let the Government know that what it is doing is wrong.". "I am," says Dave Prentis, "the voice of 1.4 million people.". Prentis was one of the first big union leaders to acknowledge that the spectacle of union bosses stomping around Labour conference wielding their block votes was bad for Labour and bad for the unions. Friday 20 November 2020 12:48, UK. ... getting a salary rise. He was originally elected in 2000. Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison, which has more than 1.3 members in the public sector, said: “This is austerity plain and simple. At least one right-wing commentator fulminating about next week's strike suggested that Prentis has deliberately engineered this dispute because he wants to pull his members out on strike in the hope of bringing down the Government, just as Arthur Scargill once hoped to use the miners as the battering ram to break the Thatcher government. ", Strikes are not his main threat. ", After reading history at the University of London and economic history at the LSE, he took a master's in industrial relations at Warwick. Once a strike ballot has been called, the union has 28 days to act or the ballot is invalid. In 2000, just before he took over the general secretaryship from his predecessor, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Prentis went to the doctor complaining of indigestion – and was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus. In the 2020 Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, UNISON endorsed Keir Starmer for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy. He could no longer indulge himself with heavy meals and strong drink in the grand and greedy manner associated with certain other union bosses, even if he wanted to. We needed resources for schools and hospitals that had been run down under the Tories. He's never had a proper job, has he? But his early memories are of being the clever boy from a Catholic family living in the poor quarter of Leeds who had passed his 11-plus and joined the kids from better-off families at Leeds Grammar School. Working people, our people, are taking the hit. Is that the sound of the Seventies? The two hit it off partly because they were of the same generation – Prentis, who is now 61, being older by three years. "Throughout the teenage years, probably my only interest was in working-class movements, working-class history." Paul Holmes wants to be Unison's first general secretary elected from outside the union's employed staff, on a salary of £32,000 - and to give the remaining £100,000 or so to good causes Paul Holmes Union and Labour activists have identified the retirement of controversial right-winger Dave Prentis as general secretary of the giant Unison… Someone on that money is subject to Gordon’s personal allowance tapering. Tony Blair had a great deal of respect for him.". "Wealthy people are allowed to do whatever they want, out of fear that they will leave the country, so the brunt of the economic turbulence will be borne by working-class people. This means his marginal rate of tax was 60%. A Unison spokeswoman said Mr Prentis’s salary was actually £92,688. Absolutely not." But that's nothing like the man who will be leading next week's public sector strike, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. The following year, hundreds of thousands of its members working for local authorities went on strike for better pay. According to Unison's most recent annual accounts, his total salary and benefits in 2010 came to just over £101,000, plus £32,818 paid into his pension pot. The government is making the same disastrous mistake again. "The cleaning service was contracted out to a private firm. "Probably worked at Burtons, in a tailoring factory. I run an enormous organisation with an income of £162m. When Ed Miliband beat his brother in last year's Labour leadership contest, Charlie Whelan could not resist spreading the word among journalists that the Unite union's backing had been vital for the younger Miliband. Tomorrow, Prentis will find out whether 600,000 local government workers are willing to strike for a better deal than the 2.4 per cent rise on offer. I told them to push off. It’s immoral and it’s got to change.”, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}. He's extremely intelligent, and a very good leader of the union." Still do. Boss Dave Prentis is paid £138,551 to lead Unison’s 1.4 million members. Ministers in the Coalition Government may have a similar attitude, but are unlikely to say so days ahead of a national strike. "No. They talk about the struggle, mostly. His politics are to the left of the Labour leadership, but the views of the people he represents, all of whom work for the public sector, and most of whom are low paid, are to the left of the rest of the general public's. Last modified on Sat 18 Jul 2020 15.17 EDT. Lps Dave was born in United States on Thursday, January 18, 1968 (Generation X). Sat 18 Jul 2020 07.01 EDT. In 2007, Unison balloted its members for a nationwide strike over pay, but the majority in favour was too narrow and the action did not go ahead. That is unfair, says Prentis, if it does not apply to everyone. ", Not that it sounds much fun, to be honest. ", They say: "Dave was somebody of substance. We don't want him to feel our pain. They said, 'Look, if you've got these beliefs, for God's sake learn to speak properly.' [The ward] was filthy." "They have had enough. FILE PHOTO: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 17, 2020. So what on earth is he up to? Prentis laughs. In newspaper parlance, he is described as a member of the "awkward squad", alongside Crow, and Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Services Union, or, more recently, Len McCluskey of Unite – union bosses who were not going to do the bidding of the Labour leadership. ", Read our full mailing list consent terms here, This is serious. "Probably the only problem I had was my broad Leeds accent. "Dave was somebody of substance. Copy link. But he added: "We must never return to those days." He is also involved in disputes at Ofsted, among meat hygiene inspectors and in the probation service. "If there is still so much anger and worry among public service workers when an election comes, they will show their discontent at the ballot box. And we've got to pay the price, show restraint? Share. "I've never had a pay rise that was not applied to the rest of the staff." But apart from that he has been reluctant to talk about his private life. Crow leads a union with fewer than 80,000 members, which is not affiliated to Labour, while Unison, which Prentis has led for longer than Crow has been the RMT's general secretary, has nearly 1.4 million members and contributes about £1.5m a year to Labour Party funds. If they're still talking to him. Then you wake up at three in the morning and you do some more." ... by union boss Dave Prentis. The delegates went wild. close. What pleases ministers but exasperates the left about Prentis is that if he has an ideological worldview, he keeps it hidden behind the self-effacing exterior of a professional negotiator. We are talking at the Bournemouth International Centre, in one of the bars that have been closed and deserted all week. "You raise them up, Gordon, or they will bring you down!". It has to stop. "I do get a kick out of our membership," he says. "We've still got the trestles my dad used as a decorator. It's not like the old days – "they used to have trouble getting people to come in for the votes" – but far away in Westminster, opponents are calling Dave Prentis a dinosaur. I'd spend every minute of the waking day with them. The figures show that Unison's endorsement was decisive too, but Prentis's people did not think it wise to brag about it. Prentis is a Yorkshireman, but he is no Arthur Scargill. He joined NALGO in 1975, and in 1990 he became its deputy general secretary. Dave Prentis was a Non-Executive Director for the Bank of England's Court of Directors from 1 June 2012 - 31 May 2019 The TUC Public Service Liaison Committee is meeting today to discuss potential industrial action over public sector pensions. It is not that Unison has been quiescent under Prentis's long stewardship. "When my members alone are being subject to a pay policy which is iniquitous, there is no way that I, as general secretary, can ignore that." Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Employment law makes it much harder than it was in the 1970s for a union leader to call its members out on strike, but also, paradoxically, it makes a strike harder to call off. "If Gordon loses people like my members," says Prentis, "Labour has no chance.". He is 52 years old and is a Capricorn. So the 58-year-old party member believes he is firing "a warning shot" across the leader's bows. ", Isn't it risky for a lifelong socialist to confront a Labour government when it is already in serious trouble? Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? "We are saying to Gordon, as critical friends, not enemies, 'You've got to listen to what your core supporters are saying and deal with it now.' The cost of living is soaring. ", And if he doesn't? Working people, our people, are taking the hit. He says: "Class still divides. Mr Cash’s pay far exceeds that of the general secretary of Britain’s biggest trade union Unison. After his stunning victory over PFI contractors last week, the Unison general secretary has emerged as the PFI’s most effective opponent. Dave Prentis General Secretary of UNISON Pregnant Kate Middleton Compared To 'Young Women Who Have Babies To Get State Handouts' 'Underpaid' MPs Call For 32% Payrise Is it the voice of a prophet calling his party to rediscover its soul? Internal elections 2015 General Secretary election. ", Thanks to a Catholic education he was "probably the only boy within a radius of a mile to get to grammar school." "Our members are worried about how they are going to pay the mortgage or the rent, the gas or electricity, and how they are going to feed their children," he says. He sounds like an intense boy with unusual passions. — Trades Union Congress (@The_TUC) November 25, 2020. But we do go to see Arsenal because it's nice to see a winning team occasionally. "That's how it should be. Representatives from the Public and Commercial Services union, Unison, T&G and other public sector unions […] Dave Prentis receives his honorary degree ©OU Unison's general secretary has been awarded an honorary degree marking his "commitment to lifelong, life-changing learning" in public services. Prentis went public a few years ago after fighting off cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, not to mention MRSA contracted in hospital. Career: He joined the union Nalgo (now dissolved) in 1975, and was appointed Unison's deputy general secretary in 1993, becoming general secretary in 2001. The name that so easily slips the memory is Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, who is still below most people's radars after more than 10 years as one of the most powerful figures in the trade union movement, and even as the country braces for the biggest public sector strike since the strife-torn 1970s. Lps Dave is a Capricorn and was born in The Year of the Monkey Life. It's immoral and it's got to change. Prentis is not by any measure badly paid. Share page. He has also suggested the union sell its two office buildings in London and move its HQ to the Midlands. More than three dozen union barons earn annual pay and perks packages which run into six figures, campaigners claim. What would he have done otherwise? It has been involved in any number of local disputes, such as the strike by hundreds of council staff in Southampton in July, protesting against cuts, or the Leeds refuse collectors' strike in 2009. ", Not him, of course. But there is no mistaking the hubris. We want him to stand up for us. ", Typical pragmatism, some would say, from a trade unionist who adapted to New Labour. But Tony Blair, who had little regard for union leaders who made trouble for him, retained a sneaking respect and affection for Prentis. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. News Editorial and Archive Photolibrary, Real photos in the documentary tradition Issues of the Day plus an Archive specialising in UK Labour Movement of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s - Report digital photojournalism - So how does he think they could bring the Prime Minister down? The Conservatives have promised to give the unions a thrashing again, if they start behaving like they did in 1979. "No," he says. When the strike is over, the Unison's semi-visible elder statesman will be hoping he can go back to doing what he does best – negotiating and negotiating until the other side has been worn down. Is it the cry of a moderate dismayed at being forced to fight? His main pledge is to take a worker’s salary of £32,000 and donate the extra £100,000 of the general secretary’s pay package to the union’s own welfare fund. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Yet none of these actions has given the union or its long-serving leader the kind of notoriety than Bob Crow and the RMT have acquired by their sporadic disruptions of the London Underground. "That does help!" There was another, more personal reason for Blair's solicitude towards the occasionally awkward public sector union leader – relief that he was alive. But when food is going up in the way it is, plus electricity, gas, petrol all going up 30 or 40 per cent, these are the basics of life. Since university, his entire working life has been immersed in the union movement, with no apparent ambition to go into politics, unlike so many other trade union officials. He was re-elected in March 2005, with 77% of the vote, in 2010 (with 67% of the vote), and in 2015 (with 49% of the vote). Dave Prentis Updated: 21:25 EDT, 6 August 2011 Last Sunday we said that Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, had secured a 31 per cent increase to his pension contributions from the union. That has not happened, and hundreds of thousands of low-paid, predominantly female members of Unison will sacrifice a day's pay and risk alienating public support next week. Now we are saying, very strongly, that the privatisation agenda is wrong. I'd do it for nothing. "We did accept change, many times. This strategy was condemned by union leaders, with Unison general secretary Dave Prentis calling it a "slap in the face to all of those we applaud each week". Last week the Government announced changes to civil servant pensions which will see final salary schemes replaced by a career average pension. But that is not how Prentis is seen by those who have actually dealt with him, either in government, or in the Labour Party, or even by others in the trade union movement. Dave – not David – Prentis definitely sees himself as a man of his people. I cannot ignore that.". "No," he says happily. ", He rose through the ranks at Nalgo, during the Thatcher conflict and the wilderness years that followed, before playing a leading part in the creation of Unison in 1993. Comparisons with the Seventies are a bit silly, of course – as the Chancellor pointed out, inflation reached 26 per cent back then. Nita Clarke, former Downing Street adviser. They exchange knowing smiles, like lovers do. About sharing. He is doing it on behalf of public service workers who have had their pay kept below inflation. He has had differences with the Government before, but never set himself on such a collision course. That depends on your politics. The full extent of the cuts will be revealed on November 11 but some staff could lose up to £5,000 annually from their salary. Geography still divides. This is not inappropriate, it turns out: they have been partners for 21 years, live together in north London and have two daughters. "I love them. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Family: His partner of 24 years is Liz Snape, Unison's director of policy; they have two daughters. Prentis the negotiator may have hoped that 28-day window would concentrate ministers' minds enough to squeeze a firm offer out of them that would allow him to claim a success without a strike. Dave Prentis: “Class still divides. But you've got to have an essence, and mine was in standing up for my background." He's on a basic salary of £89,000. "I'm saying the feeling out there is one of pure anger. 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