FDA signs open letter calling for public sector pay rethink

Wednesday 21 June 2017

The FDA has teamed up with other unions to call for a change of direction on public sector pay.

In an open letter - published in The Times and coordinated by the TUC - unions call on ministers to lift “artificial wage restrictions”, and warn that current arrangements mean public servants “feel increasingly taken for granted”.
The full letter, which is co-signed by the FDA's General Secretary Dave Penman, says:
"On behalf of the 5.5 million employees who work in public services, we are calling for a change of direction on public sector pay. The general election showed that voters are concerned about the funding of our public services and the value that is placed on the staff delivering them.
"Politicians were rightly taken to task during the campaign by health professionals, school staff and emergency service workers who are struggling to get by. Services are under incredible pressure and overstretched public service workers feel increasingly taken for granted. Meanwhile, employers are finding it hard to attract new recruits and hold on to experienced staff.
"The prime minister should use the Queen’s Speech to lift the artificial wage restrictions on public sector workers and allow employers, unions and pay review bodies the freedom and independence to determine fair and appropriate pay awards.
"Theresa May says that she wants an economy and society that works for all. This must include those who deliver essential services to the public."
The open letter follows this week’s publication of the FDA’s Pay Survey, which revealed widespread dissatisfaction among senior public sector leaders with current civil pay arrangements.
The FDA has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond and the new Minister for the Cabinet Office Damian Green to urge a new approach to public sector pay, and believes the Treasury must:
• Withdraw and revise the civil service pay guidance for delegated grades published before the general election, which again commits employers to the 1% pay cap.
• Publish that revised guidance alongside the Government’s delayed response to the Senior Salaries Review Body to give the civil service a pay system that is able to motivate, recruit and retain the talent needed for the challenges ahead.
• Launch a new Spending Review to ensure that all departments are properly resourced to keep Britain’s vital public services running in uncertain times.

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