Left to right: Dave Penman addresses conference; Grahame Smith (STUC) delivers his speech; Aidan Armitage, Keystone delegate speaking in support of a motion.
The FDA held its 2016 Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) on 12 May at the NUT Headquarters in central London.
FDA President Gareth Hills opened the conference and welcomed all the delegates and in particular those members of Keystone, attending ADC for the first time.
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman launched the union's campaign calling for members to be compensated for all hours worked. The General Secretary called for "every civil service employer to compensate every civil servant for every hour worked."
On the challenges facing the union, Dave Penman told members:
"Everyone in the FDA, myself as General Secretary, the talented and overworked staff, the Executive Committee, everyone in branches and sections, needs to understand the scale of the challenge we face and the culture change that's required to ensure that every opportunity, and I mean every opportunity, is used to demonstrate the value of FDA membership to the tens of thousands of potential members who are out there.
He then went on to outline 'two historic decisions to help secure the future of our union' taken in the last twelve months. "In February we purchased a property near London Bridge which will, once refurbished, become the new headquarters of the union. Secondly in July last year, following the decision taken at ADC 2015, we launched Keystone, our membership offer to HEO and SEO grades, and their equivalents."
Aidan Armitage, the first ever Keystone delegate to address the FDA ADC said:
"It is early days for Keystone and until we can establish a structure and branches, the role of FDA branches and members in supporting us is crucial."
Left to right: Julian McCrae gives his speech; Wynne Parry outlines Keystone's first year; STUC GS Grahame Smith presents Zoeta Manning with the Wendy Jones Equality Award.
The ADC heard from guest speakers Grahame Smith, General Secretary of STUC; Julian McCrae, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government, and Keystone's National Officer Wynne Parry.
Delegates also participated in some lively debates on motions throughout the day.
The conference hashtag #FDAADC16 was very busy and we have seen some media coverage in Civil Service World; Long hours and heavy workloads a growing problem for civil servants - union survey and FDA's Dave Penman says union "must do more" to recruit new members - but hits out at PCS "hostility" and the Guardian Public Leaders Network.
Our lunchtime fringe event on 'Civil Service Disability Inclusion' with Janet Hill CBE was well attended and drew out some interesting viewpoints.
Zoeta Manning from the MiP was awarded the Wendy Jones Equality award for her work promoting equality and diversity throughout the union.
A full conference report will feature in the summer issue of Public Service Magazine.