Talent Action Plan will only be achieved by co-operating with unions, says FDA

27 March 2015

For immediate release

The FDA broadly welcomes the launch of the refreshed Talent Action Plan: Champion Difference , which is aimed at increasing diversity within the civil service and commits to make its culture more conducive to helping all staff achieving their potential.

At its launch last year Sir Simon Fraser, Civil Service Diversity Champion, said that "this will only work if we work together, challenge ourselves and each other". However, the FDA regrets that the Plan was drafted without full consultation with the unions.

The FDA's Equality Officer Roland Zollner said:

"The aims of the Talent Action Plan will only be achieved with collaboration between the Government and the unions that represent its employees. The FDA will continue to challenge the civil service and the Government to work together to help improve the culture within the civil service and address the imbalances for underrepresented groups in the areas of recruitment and promotion.

"For our part the FDA already offers courses for underrepresented groups through FDALearn, however this can only bear fruit if the Government is fully committed to changing the culture within the civil service."

Notes for editors
1. FDALearn offer BME and Women into Leadership and Unlocking the SCS courses to help address some of the issues which underrepresented groups face. For more click here.
2. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 18,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, school inspectors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, and other professionals work across Government and the NHS.

3. The FDA can be described as "the senior public servants' union" and should be referred to simply as "the FDA".

4. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.

5. For further information contact:

· Roland Zollner, Equality Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07946481128.

· Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07939257985.