Response to riots demonstrates true value of public servants, says FDA

18 August 2011
For immediate release

The delivery of justice on behalf of communities in the aftermath of public disorder across England is only happening because of the dedication of public sector workers, the FDA said today. The FDA is the union representing senior managers and professionals in public service, including prosecutors and senior managers in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Paul Whiteman, the FDA's national officer for the CPS, said:

"Members are currently working a full day and then volunteering to staff night and weekend courts to ensure that that CPS plays its full part in helping communities recover from the horror of the past couple of weeks.

"At a time when the size of the CPS is being slashed by 25%, with no corresponding reduction in work, prosecutors - whose pay is being frozen and pensions attacked - immediately responded to the call to deal efficiently and effectively with those accused. Managers, prosecutors and administrative staff have successfully pulled together. With a possible 4,000 cases to follow nationally, now is the time to really appreciate the dedication of these public servants.

"And yet there appears to be scant recognition in the media or from politicians of the part the staff in the CPS are playing. The Prime Minister's 'fightback' against the rioters is only happening through the extra efforts and dedication of thousands of public sector workers, including our members in the CPS. Credit needs to be given where it is due and the civil servants in the CPS should be recognised for their efforts."

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 contact:

  • Paul Whiteman, FDA national officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 185356.
  • Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.