FDA responds to Daily Telegraph story on pay reform

The FDA today responded to the Daily Telegraph story, "Under performing civil servants face pay cuts", about government proposals for a system of 'earn-back' to address under-performance.

The idea of earn-back, whereby part of basic salary is held back and only paid later on good performance, was put forward in Will Hutton's independent review of fair pay in the public sector in March 2011.

In a Telegraph video clip, Dave Penman, FDA general secretary designate said that "attempts like this... are based on a misconception about poor performance amongst the most senior managers and professionals in the public sector".

He said that at a time when the demands on the civil service are increasing, Government comments that undermined the professionalism and expertise of civil servants doing some of the most difficult and biggest jobs in the country did nothing to build trust.

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Daily Telegraph article 14 June 2012