FDA responds to publication of the Civil Service Reform Plan

The FDA responded today in the media to the publication of the long-awaited Civil Service Reform Plan. The union's general secretary, Jonathan Baume, appeared on the BBC News channel and BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

Baume said: "The reform plan rightly praises the work and capability of the civil service and the crucial role it plays across every part of the UK.

"Unacceptably, the plan shies away from recognising the real anger of many civil servants about the recent changes to pension arrangements, including significantly higher costs for individuals when pay remains frozen.

"The FDA has argued that a thorough overhaul of the total reward package for the more senior levels of the civil service is required to ensure that the civil service remains an attractive employer in a market where both the wider public sector and the private sector continue to offer often significantly higher levels of reward for comparable jobs."

The FDA will be seeking detailed dialogue with the Government in the coming months on the union's areas of concern and how the plan will be implemented across departments.

Press release
Reform plan fails to address civil servants’ reward anger