Government Talent Action Plan welcomed but union involvement is vital, says FDA

Following the Government's launch of the 'Talent Action Plan: Removing Barriers to Success' today, aimed at increasing diversity within the civil service, FDA Equality Officer Roland Zollner said:

"FDA broadly welcomes the Government's launch today of the Talent Action Plan and the intention to commission further research projects in this area looking into disability, LGB&T and race.

"Whilst the FDA is supportive of the aims developed and outlined by the Government, the success of the Talent Action Plan will only be achieved by working in consultation with the unions representing civil servants. The FDA has always worked on behalf of its members in the civil service, which includes addressing the imbalances for underrepresented groups in both recruitment and promotion into the highest levels of the civil service."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

2. 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".

3. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at

4. The FDA's alternative White Paper - 'Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service - outlining our analysis of the challenges facing the civil service and our recommendations for change, can be read here.

5. For further information contact:

  • Roland Zollner, FDA Equality Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555.
  • Katie Lazell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07939 257985.