Government must act urgently to address reward levels, says FDA

13 September 2012
For immediate release

The publication of the Public Service Pensions Bill reinforces the urgent need to properly reward senior public servants, the FDA said today. The FDA is the union representing the UK's senior public servants.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman said:

"The Public Service Pensions Bill published today will result in public servants working longer for reduced pension benefits. Taken together with the Government's unilateral decision to change the uprating index for public sector pensions from RPI to CPI means that current and future pensioners will see their income substantially cut.

"Public servants are also being required to pay more for their pension at a time when their own pay continues to be frozen.

"A time bomb is ticking. There are emerging signs that senior public servants - doing some of the most complex jobs in the public sector - are leaving for better remunerated jobs elsewhere in the economy.

"It is now vital that the Government addresses the issue of the total reward - of pay and pension - for those whose jobs underpin the country's social and economic well being."

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:

  • Oliver Rowe, FDA Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.