As a strong, pragmatic trade union, the FDA will continue to represent and defend the interests of our members and the high-quality public services they deliver.
Dave Penman
FDA General Secretary

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Why join? The FDA is the only union that focuses exclusively on issues that affect senior managers and professionals in public service. We act as a powerful voice for public services and the people who deliver them.

Our influential membership of more than 18,000 senior managers, policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across Government and the NHS.

As a public sector union, we strive to improve members' terms and conditions, workplaces, skills and working lives. We believe in engaging with employers - not working against them.  We help to identify and help address concerns before they become real problems. We think solutions are best reached through dialogue and clear consideration of the issues rather than tactical posturing. 

As a professional association, we promote and protect our members' interests. We influence policy on their behalf, and provide networking opportunities and forums for considering matters of common interest. 

We also help members develop their professionalism and skills. We have programmes to help members to further their careers and meet Civil Service Competency Framework requirements.

We defend the reputations of our members by acting as their voice in the media, with Ministers and the HR profession - an important role as civil servants are usually not permitted to defend themselves publicly.

We also provide member services via FDA Portfolio, offering financial and legal help along with money-saving discounts.

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Ten reasons to join
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