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FDA members reject Ministry of Justice pay offer
FDA members in the MOJ have voted against a pay deal that could see individuals face worse working conditions and real-term pay cuts.

Fast Streamers unite at second Town Hall Meeting
The FDA’s Fast Stream Section held its second ever Town Hall Meeting to discuss issues that have a huge effect on workers’ professional and personal life: postings, matching and relocations.

08/08/2018 - Pay 2018: Why we have issued legal proceedings
FDA General Secretary explains why the union has sought a Judicial Review over civil service pay.

06/08/2018 - What is the value of brilliance?
FDA Vice President Tony Wallace asks, if the acting Cabinet Secretary thinks all civil servants are brilliant, then why have they not been rewarded for it like their public sector colleagues?

Legal action on civil service pay
Alongside PCS and Prospect, the FDA has warned the Minister for the Cabinet Office to withdraw the civil service pay guidance or face legal action.

23/07/2018 - Job advert: FDA Accounts Administrator
As part of a small accounts team, this is a part-time, job share, position, based on 2 days per week.

18/07/2018 - House of Commons bullying and harassment: FDA's response
It is our view that the new Independent Complaints and Grievance Procedure has significant flaws which should be addressed before the policy is introduced.

11/07/2018 - Pay 2018: Joint statement from the FDA, PCS and Prospect
Following their meeting with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, all three General Secretaries have agreed to continue working as closely as possible on the issue of pay for the common good of members.

28/06/2018 - Pay 2018: A message from the General Secretary
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman updates members on pay for 2018 and the publication on Monday of the Treasury remit guidance.

25/05/2018 - FDA welcomes the National Audit Office report on Ofsted
The FDA has welcomed the National Audit Office report on Ofsted, which highlights a number of issues which the union has been raising with its meetings with the department.

17/05/2018 - House of Commons bullying: Penman tells Newsnight ‘MPs cannot be trusted to be arbiters of their own conduct’
Following the Parliamentary Committee on Standards’ decision not to investigate bullying allegations made against Speaker John Bercow, FDA's General Secretary responded on BBC Newsnight.

11/05/2018 - Annual Delegate Conference 2018: Civil service values are not for sale
Delegates at this year’s Annual Delegate Conference have sent a strong message to politicians of all colours that civil service impartiality must not be undermined.

01/05/2018 - Job advert: FDA Communications Officer
Your chance to be part of an organisation that defends public servants and promotes public services.

17/04/2018 - FDA Rep receives STUC lifelong learning award
FDA Rep Lisa McGuinness has been recognised by the Scottish Trade Union congress (STUC) for her outstanding commitment and contribution to the union learning movement, receiving the 13th annual Helen Dowie Award.

04/04/2018 - FDA publishes Gender Pay Gap figures
On 4 April 2018 the FDA voluntarily submitted our gender pay gap under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017

21/03/2018 - Gareth Hills: Let's shout louder about the civil service’s achievements and challenges
The FDA President sheds light on his first meeting with the Guardian Public Leaders Network advisory board, and how he hopes to raise the profile of FDA members

21/03/2018 - Bullying & Harassment in Parliament: the FDA's response
FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge updates members on our work to ensure all staff in Parliament can feel safe and respected at work

15/03/2018 - FDA 2018 ADC Preliminary Agenda
The FDA 2018 Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) Preliminary Agenda is now available to view online.

27/02/2018 - Remembering Sir Paul Jenkins
In memory of Sir Paul Jenkins, the former Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Department, here we re-publish his Public Service Magazine interview from Summer 2013.

23/02/2018 - Take part in the FDA's Working Hours Survey 2018
We've launched our 2018 Working Hours Survey to coincide with the TUC's Work Your Proper Hours Day and we want to hear about your experience of working excess hours and the impact this has on your work/life balance.

12/02/2018 - Heart Unions week: Five great reasons to join the FDA today
As part of the TUC's HeartUnions week, a week of activity that highlights the good work that unions do every day to offer everyone a voice at work, we list five ways the FDA can empower you

12/02/2018 - The Wendy Jones Award for Equality and Diversity - nominations now open
Every year at the FDA's Annual Delegate Conference, we recognise the work of an exceptional member or members who have been working to take forward the Equality and Diversity agenda during the previous calendar year.

12/02/2018 - Job advert: MiP Communications Officer
Your chance to lead communications at the union for Britain’s health and care managers.

09/02/2018 - Speaking up for the civil service: Your opportunity to be a member of the FDA’s Executive Committee
Make a difference to the running of the union by becoming a member of the FDA’s Executive Committee (EC). There has never been a more important time to be involved with the FDA to speak up for the civil service.

08/02/2018 - Read the FDA's submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body
FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke highlights the key points from our submission to the body that reviews Senior Civil Service (SCS) pay - and warns that the government's proposals are "too little in terms of reform and too meagre in terms of funding"

02/02/2018 - FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: We will always stand up for civil service impartiality - now ministers must do the same
After a series of toxic attacks on the professionalism of the civil service, the FDA General Secretary urges ministers to reflect on the vital role their staff play.

01/02/2018 - TUC Disabled Workers' conference 2018 - your chance to shape the debate
The TUC will be hosting its annual Disabled Workers' conference at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, from Friday 17th to 18th May, and we are encouraging FDA and Keystone members to take part and shape the debate.

29/01/2018 - FDA secures meeting with Michael Gove after challenging claims on civil service working hours
Michael Gove has agreed to meet the FDA after the union hit back at false claims about the working hours of staff at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

15/01/2018 - FDA President to help shape The Guardian’s public sector coverage
FDA President Gareth Hills has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of The Guardian's Public Leaders Network, and is set to play a key role in helping to shape the network’s coverage of the public sector over the next year.

19/12/2017 - Guest blog: How FDA Convenor Barry Snelgrove and his Ministry of Justice colleagues raised £2,400 for World Aids Day
FDA Convenor Barry Snelgrove and his colleagues at the MoJ have just raised more than £2,000 for the National Aids Trust. Barry tells the FDA why the fight against Aids is so close to his heart, and how he worked with colleagues to raise the money for a cause that still needs much support

13/12/2017 - "We help to unlock the nation’s history – but our pay is going backwards"
FDA member Cathy Williams explains how her colleagues at The National Archives work every day to preserve and share some of the most important documents in Britain's history, while supporting an entire sector. After seven years of public sector pay restraint, the FDA believes it's time to properly recognise the skills, expertise and energy of civil servants like her

13/12/2017 - It's civil servants who'll deliver Brexit. Keep them out of the political trench warfare
General Secretary Dave Penman takes “Brextremists and Remoaners” to task for scapegoating civil servants.

01/12/2017 - FDA harassment & bullying survey - one week remaining
Members are encouraged to share their experiences of bullying and harassment at work - in complete confidence.

01/12/2017 - Senior Civil Service (SCS) Pay Survey 2017 - now open
As part of the FDA's ongoing campaign for a fair and fully-funded pay rise right across the public sector, we are once again calling on our members in the Senior Civil Service (SCS) to complete a short online survey giving their views on the current state of the SCS pay & reward system.

30/11/2017 - National Crime Agency must see "real improvements in pay", says FDA
Read the FDA's written evidence to the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body here.

29/11/2017 - FDA: Ministers must not "expect the impossible" from Home Office staff on Brexit
Ministers must provide urgent clarity on the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system to avoid placing “unrealistic expectations” on already-stretched staff, the FDA union has warned.

21/11/2017 - "Enormous" Brexit challenge needs properly-resourced civil service, FDA warns MPs
Cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee hears evidence from the FDA.

21/11/2017 - BAME G6/7 - SCS Shadowing Programme: Registrations Open
The FDA is working in partnership with the cross-government Race to the Top G6/7 Network to deliver the second round of the BAME G6/7 – SCS Shadowing Programme.

FDA/Keystone Survey – Workplace harassment & bullying
Please take part in this survey to help inform the FDA’s work to secure improvements to the way harassment and bullying cases are handled.

10/11/2017 - Equal Pay Day: How we’re working to close the gender pay gap
As a union, the FDA is committed to tackling inequality in the workplace, and we are already taking action to help close the gender pay gap.

Public Services Need Fair Pay: FDA calls for fully-funded pay rise for all public servants
The FDA is today stepping up the pressure on politicians and calling for the hard work and dedication of all public sector workers to be rewarded with a fair and fully-funded pay rise.

Why it’s time to stop punishing the people running vital public services
As the FDA launches its new campaign calling for a fair and fully-funded pay rise right across the public sector, David writes about the vital work his colleagues do – and why it's time for pay justice.

12/10/2017 - Opinion: A window of opportunity
As cracks widen in the government’s public sector pay policy, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman warns against missing the chance to reform civil service pay for the longer-term.

06/10/2017 - From the latest Public Service Magazine: Grenfell and the true value of public service
The response to the devastating fire at London’s Grenfell Tower demonstrated the very best of public service. But as PSM’s Matt Foster reports, the blaze raises major questions about the resources and respect given to those who work every day to keep people safe.

12/09/2017 - TUC Congress 2017: FDA leads cross-union push for properly-resourced civil service
Ministers must wake up and recognise the “crisis of resourcing” facing Britain’s civil service, the FDA has warned, as unions representing workers right across the economy backed an FDA motion at TUC Congress 2017.

11/09/2017 - TUC Congress 2017: FDA urges Theresa May to put public sector staff on boards
Theresa May has been urged to turn “vague intentions into meaningful action”, after unions backed an FDA call for workers to be put on the boards of public sector organisations.

11/09/2017 - FDA backing BAME talent in the public sector with two key events
The FDA is proud to be involved in two key events celebrating and championing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent in the public sector set to take place next month.

04/09/2017 - FDA action wins over £200,000 for CPS Direct members
After more than two years of work, the FDA has won hundreds of thousands of pounds in outstanding holiday payments for its members at CPS Direct.

01/09/2017 - Please take part in our FDA Learn Survey
In order to continuously improve FDA Learn, we are launching a survey to gather feedback on your expectations and experiences of the learning programme.

17/07/2017 - FDA joins other TUC-affiliated unions to demand public sector pay rise
The FDA has taken part in a coordinated public sector campaign today with other TUC-affiliated trade unions to call for an end to the public sector pay freeze.

21/06/2017 - FDA signs open letter calling for public sector pay rethink
The FDA has teamed up with other unions to call for a change of direction on public sector pay.

22/05/2017 - FDA warns over Government's unjustified Certification Officer plans
The Government's plans to extend the remit and powers of the Certification Officer represent a serious intrusion into the internal affairs of trade unions, the FDA has warned.

FDA calls for workers to be given a voice in Brexit negotiations
The FDA has signed an open letter calling for unions to be involved in Brexit negotiations.

FDA Annual Delegate Conference 2017: Britain needs a strong civil service
Delegates at the FDA's Annual Conference have this week called on the next Government to urgently invest to give Britain the strong civil service it will need for Brexit and beyond.

28/04/2017 - FDA leading the way as the DfT redesigns performance management
The FDA has worked hard to secure changes to the civil service performance management system since its introduction in 2012.

Take part in the FDA's Pay Survey 2017
The FDA is seeking members' views through a new Pay Survey, which will help to inform a new pay campaign ahead of this year's general election.

Download the FDA debate on the Civil Service in a 'post-fact' and 'anti-expert' era
Listen to and download the FDA's latest DWP Academy debate.

Unlocking the Senior Civil Service returns
On 28 June in London, the FDA and Dods will once again be hosting the annual Unlocking the Senior Civil Service event, which aims to provide practical help and guidance to those wishing to see their career develop into the Senior Civil Service.

FDA warns on Government Legal Department workload as Brexit looms
The Government Legal Department must be properly resourced for the challenges of Brexit, FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke has said, as she called on the GLD to ensure it is not reliant on staff working "extra hours every week for free".

Meet the latest winner of the FDA and Keystone recruitment prize
Win an iPad Mini (or equivalent in vouchers) simply by spreading the word of your union and encouraging your colleagues to join.

FDA secures Cabinet Office minster Ben Gummer for Annual Delegate Conference
Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the FDA's Annual Delegate Conference, which offers members the chance to shape the work of the union, hear from expert speakers and take advantage of a whole range of professional development and networking opportunities.

Who wouldn’t want to work on Brexit?
Read FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke's latest blog post for Unions 21.

FDA 2017 ADC Preliminary Agenda
The FDA 2017 Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) Preliminary Agenda is now available to view online.

Office closure and website downtime – March 17-20
The FDA head office will be closed and the FDA website will have limited functionality from 17-20 March.

Unions reach agreement on apprenticeships
The FDA has reached an agreement with the Cabinet Office which establishes a framework of principles that will apply to all civil service employers on apprenticeships.

Penman: “Oliver Letwin's attacks on civil servants show an ex-minister divorced from the reality of what they do”
In FDA General Secretary Dave Penman’s latest column for Civil Service World, he takes former Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin to task over his recent attack on the civil service.

Take part in the FDA’s Working Hours Survey 2017
The FDA wants to hear about your experience of working excess hours and the impact this has on your work/life balance.

FDA tells Sky News the civil service has “risen to the challenge” of Brexit, but must be given the resources it requires
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman told reporters that the Government owes a commitment to its civil servants to provide the resources and capability required to deal with the additional demands.

FDA responds to the Civil Service Commission’s relaxation of civil service recruitment rules for Brexit
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: "Suspending the requirement for open and fair selection to a larger group of staff - at a more senior level and for longer - is a worrying development."

FDA says "Now is the time to change the Government’s approach to public sector pay."
The FDA's written evidence regarding Senior Civil Servants' (SCS') pay, submitted to the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB), has now been published. Based on the largest external pay survey of current senior civil servants, the FDA has called for major reforms to take place.

General Secretary interviewed by Guardian and BBC Radio 4 over Ministers ‘lacking political courage’ about Brexit
In an interview by the Guardian’s Rajeev Syal – and also covered in the Guardian Brexit weekly briefing - General Secretary Dave Penman has said that the Government is “trying to deny the complexity” of Brexit.

FDA responds in the Guardian and Civil Service World to PM’s Spectator interview ‘civil service bashing’
General Secretary Dave Penman said: ““Prime Ministers have a responsibility to show leadership to the civil service, but few definitions of leadership include publicly criticising your overworked and underpaid staff."

FDA tells CSW: performance management system must be robust, fair, and work for both employers and staff
FDA Assistant General Secretary Rob O’Neill spoke with Civil Service World on Wednesday, regarding the announcement of a new civil service performance management framework.

Association of Revenue and Customs on ITV’s News at Ten
ARC President Vicky Johnson said: “We pit up against partners, we pit up against the very top of the big four because these high net-worth individuals can afford pay for that sort of representation. It’s very much David and Goliath - but we do win."

FDA tells Public Finance: HM Treasury needs to consider whether ongoing pay restraint is best way to retain talented staff
The FDA’s National Officer representing members at HM Treasury, Helen Kenny, has spoken with Public Finance about the recent publication of the department’s People Survey results.

FDA in the Guardian, BBC News and Civil Service World: PM orders inquiry into leak of memo about Brexit leaks crackdown
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said “Ask any journalist worth their salt and they’ll tell you that the vast majority of leaks emanate from politicians.”

FDA supports White Ribbon Day
The White Ribbon Campaign works to end gender-based violence and holds the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - White Ribbon Day - each November.

Government confirms Land Registry privatisation plans to be scrapped
FDA’s National Officer representing Land Registry members, Jawad Raza, said: “Our members can now rightly concentrate on delivering a world-class service rather than the constant worry of privatisation and reorganisation hanging over them. The public can also be assured that this move reduces the risk to the integrity of the land register, data protection, fraud and cyber security."

Job vacancy: FDA communications officer
Your chance to be part of an organisation that defends public servants and promotes public services.

FDA holds skills development event for civil servants post-Brexit
With speakers including DExEU Permanent Secretary Oliver Robbins, Civil Service Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil and IfG Deputy Director Julian McCrae, the event was aimed at helping civil servants understand the new demands that will be made of them, as well as identifying and sourcing development to assist with this.

The Times, the Scotsman, the National and others report FDA’s evidence to Scottish Parliament’s review of Scotland’s prosecution service
PFS section Vice President Rachael Weir told MSPs: "The expectation on us as an organisation is high, and properly high, but that is an expectation that then weighs on our members when they find themselves often struggling to deliver to the standards expected of them."

Brexit speculation: FDA in the Guardian, Independent and other coverage
General Secretary Dave Penman said: "While politicians squabble about hard and soft Brexit, there is a deafening silence from Ministers over whether any additional resources will be provided to deliver this momentous task."

Why it was important to strike a deal over the Civil Service Compensation Scheme
Read about the FDA General Secretary’s latest Civil Service World column here.

FDA teams up with cross-Government race networks to invest in BME leaders
Find out more about the FDA's partnership with new senior cross-Government race networks and how you can take part.

ARC President highlights the Government’s missed opportunity to close the tax gap
ARC President Vicky Johnson points out that by letting union's warnings go unheeded, the Government has failed to help close the tax gap.

MPs got very excited about the civil service's Brexit planning – maybe they should brush up on the constitution
Read about the FDA General Secretary’s latest Civil Service World column here.

FDA tells BBC News that the Government can’t rely on ‘make do and mend’ approach to civil service delivering Brexit
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman once again called on the Government to make clear how it will resource the UK's exit from the European Union.

FDA responds to Civil Service Compensation Scheme proposals
The FDA has updated members affected by changes to the CSCS and told CSW that "the choice facing the FDA was whether to stand on the side-lines complaining about the injustice of further reductions in these payments, or to engage in negotiations with a view to getting the best possible deal for members".

Women into Leadership comes to Leeds
Read our report from the first Women into Leadership event held outside of London and Edinburgh. Organised by the FDA and Dods and chaired by FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie, the event provides the opportunity to network with other female leaders, attend breakout workshops and hear from successful women both in and outside of the civil service.

SCS members: have your say in our 2016 SCS pay survey
The survey is a significant tool for the FDA in arguing the case for long overdue pay reform, with its results providing crucial evidence for our submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Report from Women into Leadership London 2016
Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event was attended by 600 delegates, who heard from speakers including Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, FCO Head of Campaigns and Engagement Ruth Shaw and chair, FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie.

Tuesday at TUC Congress 2016
ARC President Vicky Johnson spoke in support of composite motion seven, on protecting worker and trade union rights in the EU Brexit.

Monday at TUC Congress 2016
FDA President Gareth Hills spoke in support of tax relief on pension contributions motion.

Sunday at TUC Congress 2016
FDA General Secretary and FDA Vice President speak on motions on the first day of conference.

The Herald reports FDA’s response to MSPs’ review of Scotland’s prosecution service
FDA Vice President and Secretary of the Procurator Fiscal section of the union, Fiona Eadie, said the pressure on the COPFS budget is “incompatible with these increased demands”.

FDA General Secretary discusses civil service resources in Whitehall on implementing Brexit on BBC Radio 4 Today programme
Speaking on the Today programme GS Dave Penman stresses how resources are critical to the success of Brexit.

'Hypocrisy knows no bounds': FDA response to CSW report on significant pay rises for Cameron’s Special Advisers
Telegraph, Sun, Guardian, Independent, Metro, Mail and others report Penman's condemnation of "a Prime Minister who preached pay restraint and austerity to public servants and the public, whilst at the same time awarding double-digit pay rises to his Special Advisers".

FDA in the FT: Penman accuses pro-Brexit MPs attacking civil servants of ‘paranoia’
The FDA’s General Secretary has dismissed a Conservative MP’s call to fire civil servants working to oppose the UK’s exit from the EU as "paranoia" and "dreaming up future betrayals by civil servants that haven’t actually happened”.

ARC warns of perfect storm in response to HMRC's consultation document
ARC President Vicky Johnson quoted in the Guardian responding to the HMRC's tax avoidance consultation document

The FDA shares its views on EU exit what happens next in the PSM summer 2016 issue
Check out our summer 2016 issue of Public Service Magazine,featuring updates and reports on Keystone, ADC speeches, Working hours survey and much more.