Friday, November 4, 2011

A message from Dave Prentis

A message from Dave Prentis,
UNISON general secretary
250,000 vote Yes to protect their pensions

UNISON members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action to protect their pensions in the biggest ballot we have ever held.

Almost 250,000 public service workers including nurses, teaching assistants, social workers, care assistants, paramedics, police staff, school dinner ladies, probation workers and cleaners posted back ballot papers that said Yes to protecting their pensions.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the work you've done in getting that Yes vote.

A total of 245,747 voted Yes, comprising 171,428, or 76% in the local government pension scheme 73,930, or 82% in the NHS pension scheme and 389 or 87% in the principal civil service pension scheme.

Each service group executive - local government, health, police and justice, community, higher education and water, environment and transport - has unanimously agreed to go ahead with strike action on 30 November co-ordinated with other TUC unions.

That has been authorised by the union's industrial action committee.

Despite statements in Parliament, we have not yet received an offer on pensions, but we are willing to negotiate any time, any place.
Thanks again for the work you have done to protect public service pensions. Now let's keep up the pressure and work to make 30 November a resounding success.

Keep up to date with the campaign by visiting our website at

Dave Prentis
UNISON general secretary

Posted by Peter Smyth communications officer.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Urgent Spam / phishing email

It has come to our attention that a number of members have received an email purporting to be from UNISON, asking them to register and download a form to update their membership details online.

The links within this email take users to a "phishing" site, which is a fraudulent copy of UNISON's 'update your details' pages and data entered here may be captured.

Please be aware that members should not access these links.

We are urgently investigating this incident and would like to assure our members that we make every effort to ensure that all online systems are secure.

Please also rest assured that this attempt to undermine members' confidence in UNISON's security network has not interfered with or affected our very stringent balloting processes and will in no way undermine the work we do to support our members during this very important time.

A warning message is being posted on the 'join online' and 'update your details' pages of the UNISON website, and a further security message will be added to these pages. This will remind members to only access their membership details by directly logging on to and not via a link in any emails they may receive.

Dave Prentis
UNISON general secretary

Posted by Peter Smyth communications officer