Date: 4 December 2010
More must be done to protect our ‘Cinderella’ services, says
UNISON’s general secretary Dave Prentis says more must be done
to protect our ‘Cinderella’ services.
Dave Prentis will make the call at the meeting of UNISON’s Scottish
Council – which consists of representatives from all Scottish
branches covering UNISON’s 160,000 members – today (Saturday).
He will tell members: “Not everything that is valuable is popular.
Not everything that transforms lives wins applause. “Will those
working with young offenders be as popular as those who work in
childcare? Will people supporting drug users be as voter friendly
as paramedics? Who will speak up for the ‘Cinderella’ services?
“Who will champion what is right, not just what is popular? I’ll
tell you who. We will. We will speak up for the vulnerable. We
will stand shoulder to shoulder with those who work in public
services, and those who rely on them.”
Dave Prentis will also pay tribute to Matt Smith who is stepping
down as Scottish Secretary with UNISON Scotland. Matt has almost
40 years dedicated service to the trade union movement and has
held the position of Scottish Secretary since UNISON was formed
Notes to editors
· Matt Smith, 58, has led UNISON Scotland as Scottish Secretary
since it was created in 1993 and is the only one to have held
the post. Over the years, Matt has worked to promote policies
which advance the interests of members, particularly in relation
to low pay and equal pay. He has also played a pivotal part in
championing the role of trade unions and ensuring their relevance
as a major stakeholder in civic society. In 2004, Matt was awarded
an OBE in recognition of his contribution to trade unionism.