Government must take “concrete action” to end public sector pay cap, says FDA union

Responding to reports today (04/09) that the Government will scrap the public sector pay cap FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

"We welcome the latest reports that ministers are considering a long overdue end to the public sector pay cap, but newspaper reports from anonymous sources mean nothing without concrete action.

"With nearly a third of our members considering leaving their post as soon as possible, we urgently need a new settlement to ensure Britain has the strong civil service it needs to tackle the unprecedented challenges facing us in the years ahead.

"While lifting the pay cap would be a great start, we hope these reports can lead to a more open dialogue about pay reform that gives departments greater freedom to pay market rates for the skills our civil service needs.

"The civil service must be properly resourced to deliver an exit from the EU that works for all industries and sections of society and that means we must be able to have grown up conversations about pay without the 1% straightjacket."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals at grade HEO and above. FDA membership includes more than 18,000 senior civil servants, diplomats, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, 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 www.fda.org.uk.

4. For further information contact:

  • Matt Foster, Communications Officer, tel: 07982 514 524.
  • Tommy Newell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07738 729 145.