4 December 2009
For immediate release
The government's decision to impose new redundancy terms on the civil service without agreement from the unions has today been condemned by the FDA.
Dave Penman, FDA's head of operations said: "The decision to impose these new terms reneges on commitments which were given by the Minister Tessa Jowell in September that the government was committed to reaching an agreement."
"There has been little meaningful dialogue over the last few months despite attempts by the unions to set out new proposals. We believe that these proposals would have satisfied the government's stated aims for reform of the current arrangements and still addressed the concerns we had raised."
Penman added: "The government seem to have determined that an agreement was not possible and abandoned any meaningful negotiation. Unfortunately we are now left with no option but to consider legal action to enforce what we believe are our members' accrued rights to the current terms. There are some changes which we welcome, particularly for the lowest paid and those approaching retirement, which makes it all the more disappointing that a negotiated settlement was not the priority for all sides."
Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.
2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.
3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
4. For further information please contact:
Dave Penman, FDA Head of Operations, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
Kay Hender, Communications Assistant, tel: 020 7401 5589.