Treasury proposals a breach of trust on deal reached with Francis Maude, says FDA.

5 February 2016
(For immediate release)

Five years ago FDA members reached an agreement on new redundancy terms with the Conservative Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, that he described as a "lasting settlement" sustainable over the long term. Yet, now it is to be torn up without meaningful consultation by the Treasury after it announced plans to cut redundancy terms across the public sector.

Responding to the Treasury announcement FDA General Secretary, Dave Penman, said.

"Civil Servants have the right to be consulted on changes to their redundancy terms, yet the Treasury seeks to prescribe the boundaries of the scheme without any discussion at all. This isn't about efficiency or modernisation, this is simply an arbitrary decision to cut the terms and conditions of public sector workers.

"One of the success stories for the civil service over the last decade has been how it has managed large scale reductions in staffing with very few compulsory redundancies.

"If the Treasury proposals go through the result will be a longer, more tortuous exit processes that will slow the system down to a crawl, making every civil service staff reduction a long, painful and drawn out process challenged at every stage.

"At a time when the public sector is challenged with managing another round of major job cuts, this will be seen as a breach of trust on the deal we reached with the Government just five years ago and little more than an ideological attack on public servants."
Notes for editors

1. 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, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

2. More about the FDA's 'New Government: New Deal' campaign can be found at

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. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at

5. For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07939 257 985.