FDA rejects point scoring at the expense of hard working civil servants

3 August 2012
(For immediate release)

The Labour Party should stop political point scoring at the expense of hard working public servants, the FDA said today. The FDA is the union representing senior civil service managers and professionals.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman said:

"Having been a minister in government, Caroline Flint should be well aware that what she is calling bonuses are performance-related payments paid to hard working public servants, a system of payment that her party supported when in power.

"Most public servants have suffered either a two- or three-year pay freeze on top of an imposed £2.8bn pensions levy. These performance-related payments are non-pensionable and the only additional payment many of these civil servants will receive. They reflect individual performance and must be re-earned every year. To call them bonuses and implicitly link them to the discredited and obscene bonus culture in the City, is nothing more than crass political opportunism."

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:

  • Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.