Union condemns pay award for senior civil servants

31 March 2009

(For immediate release)

FDA condemns pay award for senior civil servants

The Government's decision to cut the pay award to Senior Civil Servants recommended by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body was today condemned by the FDA. The FDA is the union representing senior managers and professionals in the Civil Service.

Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, said:

"This is gratuitous - if sadly predictable - gesture politics. The money saved is small but is a slap in the face for Senior Civil Servants who face ever greater pressures in supporting Ministers in these turbulent times. The government has targeted senior staff, both in the Civil Service and NHS, simply because they are perceived as easy targets.

"Last year the Government agreed a settlement for Senior Civil Servants worth 7% over three years, and we are seeking assurances that Ministers are not intending to renege on this deal.

"Scoring cheap political points by failing to honour the recommended pay rises will only further exacerbate the problems highlighted repeatedly, including by the Cabinet Office, which show that senior private sector staff are paid up to 114% more than their equivalents in the Civil Service."

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:

Jonathan Baume, General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.

Oliver Rowe, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.