|3rd General Secretary of UNISON|
1 January 2001 – 22 January 2021
|Preceded by||Rodney Bickerstaffe|
|Succeeded by||Christina McAnea|
|Born||29 May 1948|
David Prentis (born 29 May 1948) is a British trade unionist and former General Secretary of UNISON, the United Kingdom's largest trade union. He was originally elected in 2000. 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).
Prentis was born and brought up in Leeds where he attended St Michael's College from 1959 to 1967. He went to the University of London where he took a BA in History, then studied Economic History at the London School of Economics. This was followed by a master's degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick.
He joined NALGO in 1975, and in 1990 he became its deputy general secretary. He was UNISON's deputy general secretary (DGS) from its formation in July 1993, when it was formed from NALGO, NUPE and CoHSE.
In his role as the deputy general secretary, Prentis directed UNISON's national negotiating team and oversaw the union's policy making functions. He also drove through a strategic review of the union, aimed at delivering key reforms, to bring union services closer to the members. In 2001, he succeeded Rodney Bickerstaffe as General Secretary of UNISON, having been elected in February 2000.
Prentis is responsible for 1,500 staff and a turnover of around £160 million. As General Secretary, he received a total salary and benefits package worth £112,114 in the accounting year ending 31 December 2013.
- Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and also Catalyst, two centre-left research bodies
- Adviser to the Warwick Institute of Governance and Public Management
- Visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford
- Member of various joint working parties with the government and the CBI
- President of Unity Trust Bank
- since, 1 June 2012, non-executive director of the Bank of England. The initial appointment is until 31 May 2015. For the accounting year 2013/14 non-executive directors of the Bank of England received total remuneration of £165,458.
In 2000, he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and stomach. He had much of his stomach removed, underwent chemotherapy, and then contracted MRSA in hospital. Since his recovery from cancer he has been unable to eat large meals.
Views on tax loopholes
“It would be a huge mistake to slash the tax rate for top earners. This is another example of the rich being let off lightly, while low paid workers bear the brunt.
“It would be totally wrong to lose £750 million to the Treasury at a time when public sector workers are being forced to face pay freezes and job losses, and there are millions out of work.
“The Government would be better advised to look at plugging tax loopholes for the rich and tackling tax evasion that costs us billions, rather than giving top earners a cash break.”— Dave Prentis, UNISON press release, 5 August 2011
- Gary Daniels and John McIlroy, Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World
- Christopher Hope (24 July 2008). "Profile: Dave Prentis, an elder statesman of the awkward squad". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
- "UNISON: The Public Service Union: 2017 Annual Return" (PDF). Gov.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
- Unison.org.uk – About Dave Prentis. Retrieved 27 April 2006.
- "Dave Prentis re-elected as UNISON General Secretary", UNISON, 22 June 2010
- "Dave Prentis re-elected as UNISON general secretary", UNISON, 22 December 2015
- "UNISON financial Statements, 2013" (PDF). p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "New TUC President elected in Brighton". Trades Union Congress. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Unison: Union boss Dave Prentis stepping down after 20 years", BBC News, 13 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020
- Parkinson, Justin. "UK's biggest union elects first woman leader". BBC News. BBC. Missing or empty
- "Bank of England | About the Bank | People & governance | The Court of Directors". Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Bank of England Annual Report, 2014" (PDF). p. 53. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Top income tax slash - UNISON response". 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011.
|Trade union offices|
| Deputy General Secretary of NALGO
| Deputy General Secretary of UNISON
With: Colm O'Kane and Tom Sawyer (1993–1994)
| General Secretary of UNISON
| President of the Trades Union Congress
| President of the Public Services International