Scottish Budget: New public sector pay policy could hit morale, FDA union warns

December 14, 2017

For immediate release

Responding to today’s Scottish Budget, FDA National Officer for Scotland Allan Sampson said:

“While the FDA welcomes the long overdue end to the 1% pay cap in today’s Budget, the Scottish Government’s announcement still represents a below-inflation pay rise for every public servant.

“The FDA is also deeply concerned about the Budget’s decision to deem some public servants more worthy of fair pay than others. Years of pay restraint and rising inflation have hit all those working in the public sector hard - yet today’s announcement effectively penalises staff in more senior roles and risks damaging morale in key public services.

“While the FDA welcomes some of the flexibilities contained within today’s announcement, we will continue to challenge employers to deliver fair and sustainable changes to their pay structures so that all public servants are rewarded for the complex and vital work that they do."


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. General Secretary Dave Penman tweets as @FDAGenSec.

4. For further information contact:

  • Allan Sampson, FDA National Officer, tel:  07834 924 328.
  • Matt Foster, Communications Officer, tel: 07982 514 524.
  • Tommy Newell, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07738 729 145.