FDA joins other TUC-affiliated unions to demand public sector pay rise

The FDA has taken part in a coordinated public sector campaign today with other TUC-affiliated trade unions to call for an end to the public sector pay freeze.

David Chrimes, Crown Advocate and Executive Committee member, took part in a photocall outside of Parliament this morning to represent the experience of all FDA members enduring pay freezes and caps for most of the last decade.

He stood alongside midwives, firefighters, council workers and teachers to demonstrate the impact of the Government's public sector pay policy on public servants throughout the UK.

In a blog post, which can be read in full here, David explains: "For us, this isn't about pitting public sector against private sector. It's simply about securing fair pay, which rewards our dedication, skill and professionalism.

"Since 2010, we have seen our pay cut in real terms, while our pension and national insurance contributions soar. At the same time, our department shed a third of its staff. Absence due to stress is at its highest level on record.

"We are looking for pay justice, not a windfall."

Following the photocall, Firefighter Mark Hunt was joined by public servants to hand in his petition to the treasury calling on the Government to "Stop cutting public servants pay".

Analysis from the TUC has found that Crown Prosecutors have seen a real terms pay cut of £4,404 since 2010, while teachers have seen a cut of £2,414 and firefighters have seen a cut of £2,888.

Further details of the TUC's analysis is available here.