Public sector redundancy cap is ‘fundamentally flawed’, says FDA

Tuesday 15 September 2015
(For immediate release)

At TUC Congress today, FDA President Gareth Hills moved the FDA's motion denouncing the public sector redundancy cap, which was unanimously passed by delegates.

Hills said: "The FDA believes the proposed redundancy cap is fundamentally flawed, will provide poor value for money for the taxpayer, make the management of change more difficult and fail in its objectives.

"The cap will further demoralise an embattled public sector that is already facing a further five years of pay restraint, hundreds of thousands of job cuts and increased workloads. It also targets those who dedicate their working lives to public service, not those on the highest salaries.

"The FDA urges the Government to rethink its approach and engage in positive dialogue with union,s in order to achieve its stated objective rather than initiate a rushed consultation and policy imposition without any appropriate safeguards."

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