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FDA at the 2014 TUC Black Workers' Conference
An FDA delegation of seven attended the 2014 TUC Black Workers' Conference from 11 to 13 April. The union moved a motion on the discrimination of BME staff within performance management systems.
Recruit a member and enter FDA's iPad prize draw
Ofsted's Ian Hartwright is the latest winner of the FDA's iPad Mini competition, after recruiting a colleague and entering our prize draw. Members can now enter the June competition.
Become an FDA rep
The FDA is running a representatives' training course on Friday 16 May, at the union's head office in London.
'GovernUp' project launch
The FDA issued a press release yesterday welcoming the launch of ‘GovernUp’ - a project to reform the relationship between the Government and the civil service, created by MPs John Healey and Nick Herbert.
You only have until 5pm on Friday 4 April to tell the FDA about your working hours.
The FDA is conducting a short, anonymous, online survey to find out how many extra hours our members are working, whether they have options to work more flexibly and if they have any top tips on reducing excess working hours.
Update from the TUC Women's Conference 2014
The TUC Women’s Conference was held from Wednesday 12 March to Friday 14 March 2014 at Congress house in London. This year’s theme was ‘Strong Women, Stronger Unions’.
FDA responds to Senior Salaries Review Body report
The Senior Salaries Review Body have just released their 2014 report and recommendations for senior civil service (SCS). The Government responded to the recommendations in a Written Ministerial Statement and the FDA issued a press release in response.
FDA submits response to Government consultation on the Land Registry
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced a consultation around a change in ownership for the Land Registry.
FDA Learn holds summit for future civil service leaders
FDA Learn’s Fast Stream summit, held yesterday for the civil service’s future leaders, included speeches from crossbench peer Baroness Delyth Morgan; Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake; and FDA General Secretary Dave Penman.
Senior female civil servants are paid on average over 5% less than men in equivalent posts
The Government’s own evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body shows that among the senior civil service (SCS), women are paid 5.4% less than their male counterparts, up from 5% in 2011.
ARC members strike on Valentine's Day
ARC members across the UK stood on picket lines today, taking industrial action against new HMRC performance management and terms and conditions.
DCLG pay protest at lunchtime today
A protest about pay is taking place at lunchtime today outside the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG's) Eland House in central London.
Hills tell the Guardian why ARC members are on strike tomorrow
ARC President Gareth Hills has written an article on the Guardian Public Leaders Network, outlining that “ARC members are not striking this week for money, but in pursuit of some basic principles".
FDA defends Scottish Prosecutors on BBC Sunday Politics
FDA National Officer Jim Caldwell appeared on yesterday’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme, discussing the pressures on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
FDA and Prospect survey reveals that one in three want to leave the SCS immediately
The survey of senior civil service members makes up part of the unions' joint evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body, the independent advisors to Government on SCS pay levels.
ARC members to strike on Valentine's Day
Today’s Guardian reports on ARC taking industrial action on Friday 14 February. The article refers to the HMRC performance management and terms and conditions issues that led to the strike.
Take part in the FDA’s civil service pay survey
As part of the 'Delivering for the Nation' campaign we are asking members of FDA and Prospect, below SCS grade, to take part in the civil service pay survey 2014.
FDA celebrates LGBT History Month 2014
LGBT History Month, which takes place every year in February, celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. For more on how the FDA is taking part, click here.
Civil Service Commission review of Recruitment Principles
The Civil Service Commission has launched a consultation on a review of their Recruitment Principles. The FDA will be responding to the consultation and welcomes views from members - click here for more.
Women in the law: not just a woman's problem
On Thursday evening the FDA Lawyers' Network held an event on women in the law, with guest speakers Baroness Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court; Dame Vivien Rose, recent appointee to the High Court Chancery Division; and Russell Wallman, head of the QC Appointments Secretariat.
Lords call for Parliamentary Commission
In Thursday's House of Lords debate on the future of the civil service, the FDA was mentioned by Lord Smith and Baroness Hayter, who held up her copy of the FDA’s alternative White Paper in the House.
Improve your skills in 2014 with FDA Learn
The FDA's professionalism project, FDA Learn, runs a variety of courses to help members achieve their professional and personal development targets.
Civil service needs stability in 2014, Penman tells CSW
The latest issue of Civil Service World includes an opinion piece by FDA's General Secretary Dave Penman, examining the big issues of 2013 and looking at some of the challenges expected over the year ahead.
It’s time public sector pay - including that of MPs - stopped being used as a political football, says Penman
Today’s issue of London daily business paper City A.M. included an opinion piece from FDA General Secretary Dave Penman, on IPSA’s proposed recommendation to increase MPs’ pay by 11% in 2015.
FDA and ARC respond to the 2013 Autumn Statement
Both the FDA and ARC issued statements responding to today's Autumn Statement, in which the Chancellor announced a further reduction in Departmental Expenditure Limits of 1.1% in 2014-15, with a further 1.1% in 2015-16.
FDA celebrates UK Disability History Month
The FDA held a networking seminar celebrating UK Disability History Month, on the topical subject of home working.
EMOs: 'What's important is clarity of role', Penman tells BBC
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC's Week in Parliament programme, discussing guidance giving Ministers power to appoint up to ten extra staff to form Extended Ministerial Offices (EMOs).
All change please? The future of the Government lawyer, FDA Lawyers' Network event
Lawyers from across Government departments met at an event in London to hear about and discuss issues currently affecting the profession.
'Civil Service Commission addresses some EMO concerns', Penman tells Radio 5 Live
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Shelagh Fogarty programme yesterday, discussing imminent Government guidance expected to give Ministers power to personally appoint up to ten extra staff to form Extended Ministerial Offices.
The Guardian reveals its 2013 Public Service Award winners
The 2013 Guardian Public Services Award winners were announced at a ceremony earlier this week, published in yesterday's Society Guardian and are now available online on the Public Leaders Network.
Reducing the Gender Pay Gap
November 7 marks Equal Pay Day – the point in the year at which women working full-time effectively stop earning, as they are paid 15% less per hour than men working full-time.
FDA woos statisticians at Birmingham conference
FDA is at the Government Statistical Service Conference in Birmingham.
Report from BME into Leadership 2013
Approximately 70 delegates attended the 2013 BME into Leadership conference, held in central London on 24 October. Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event offers advice - via speeches, question and answer sessions and workshops - to BME civil servants looking to progress their careers.
FDA holds DfE recruitment day
The FDA held a successful recruitment day at the main London site of the Department for Education, including an evening panel discussion with speakers from both the FDA and the Institute for Government.
FDA celebrates Black History Month 2013
Black History Month is held in October each year, and is an opportunity to raise awareness, to document, and to celebrate the overlooked heritage of Black and Asian communities within British society.
Delivery of New Fair Deal on Pensions
The Government has agreed to extend access to the PCSPS to members TUPE transferred out of the civil service.
FDA delegate chairs the 2013 STUC Black Workers’ Conference
The theme of the 2013 STUC Black Workers’ Conference, held in Glasgow on 5 and 6 October, was ‘Fighting back against austerity’. The Black Workers’ Conference Chair was FDA’s Hakim Din, who was also one of the union’s two delegates.
Job vacancy: MiP national officer - London and South Central
Managers in Partnership (MiP), the trade union organisation created by the FDA and Unison representing 6,000 senior healthcare managers, is looking to recruit a national officer in the London and South Central region.
Right to Flexible Working Survey
Tell FDA Learn's Sean Ruddy your experience of flexible working in this confidential survey
FDA Fast Stream Network discusses the civil service's future
The latest FDA Fast Stream Network meeting was held in late September. FDA General Secretary Dave Penman spoke to Fast Stream attendees about the future of the civil service in a time of continuing reduction in staff and budgets, asking “how do future leaders continue to keep the lights on?”.
FDA surveys SCS members on pay
The annual FDA SCS pay survey is a vital tool in arguing the case for pay reform, which is a central objective of the union’s ‘Delivering for the Nation’ campaign. It also forms a key part of the FDA's submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body.
Report from Women into Leadership 2013
A record number of 250 delegates attended the 2013 Women into Leadership conference, held in central London on 12 September. Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event offers advice - via speeches, question and answer sessions and workshops - to women looking to progress their careers in the civil service.
TUC 2013: FDA supports motion promoting a strong, successful NHS
On the final day of the 2013 Congress, FDA delegate and MiP Vice Chair Sam Crane spoke in support of a motion on the future of the NHS.
FDA warns TUC over policitisation of the civil service
Tuesday at the 2013 TUC saw FDA President Sue Gethin moving the union's motion on the politicisation of the civil service, which refers to the Government's decision to allow Ministers to personally appoint to their Extended Ministerial Offices.
Closing the Tax Gap - Delivering for the Nation
ARC, (the section of the FDA trade union representing the senior leaders and professionals of HMRC) organised an invite only Westminster forum on Tuesday 10 September to increase understanding around reducing the tax gap
TUC Congress 2013: FDA supports motions on pay progression and tax and austerity
On Monday morning, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman spoke to move the FDA's motion on pay progression
FDA signs historic agreement with NIPSA
The FDA recently signed a new membership agreement with the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (NIPSA).
FDA supports motion on electronic balloting at 2013 TUC Conference
The 2013 TUC Congress began on Sunday 8 September in Bournemouth. The four-day event - which this year has the theme of 'Jobs, growth and fair pay' - is Frances O’Grady’s first Congress as TUC General Secretary.
Broader review of the civil service is needed, Penman tells the BBC
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning, responding to the PASC report on civil service reform.
FDA responds to IDS' disparaging comments about DWP civil servants
In response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ public statements in which he blamed civil servants for problems with the Universal Credit system, FDA Assistant General Secretary Rob O'Neill said: "This represents a growing blame culture in Government."
FDA tells The Times: The civil service needs recognition, reward and resources
A letter from FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was published in Saturday's Times, in response to the newspaper's leading article stating that the civil service "tolerates failure" and is "risk-averse".
FDA responds to Lobbying Bill
The FDA has submitted a formal response to the BIS consultation on trade union membership recording, which forms the third part of the Lobbying Bill
Education Scotland: Game on
A surprise guest came to the FDA stand at Education Scotland
Sign up for September and October FDA Workshops
Dates have been announced for workshops in London and Manchester in Perfecting your Writing, Blogging, and Creative Writing Skills
FDA concerned at equal pay audit ‘exceptions’
The FDA has been consulted by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on the process and content of mandatory equal pay audits, which are to be introduced, under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, in the specific circumstances where an employment tribunal finds that there has been a breach of equal pay law.
FDA welcomes Welsh Government SCS pay changes
The FDA has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision not to award variable pay to a small minority of the senior civil service in Wales.
FDA wins TUC Communications Awards
David Simonds, illustrator in FDA's Public Service Magazine, scooped 'best illustrator' at the 2013 TUC Communications Awards. FDA also won an award for its 'New Pension Scheme' booklet.
Civil Service Live 2013
This year’s Civil Service Live ran for three days, with the first day in Gateshead only, the second and third days in London, and in Bristol on the third day. The FDA had a stall at all three venues.
Sign up for FDA Learn July events
Still some places left for FDA Learn Personal Impact Masterclass, lunchtime Leadership and Development session, and writing workshops. Find out more.
FDA at the 2013 TUC LGBT Conference and Pride
Five delegates represented the FDA and MiP at the 2013 TUC LGBT Conference. Both unions also took part in the London Pride parade.
FDA at the Fast Stream forum panel event
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman told the Fast Stream forum that "the reason why so many want to join the Fast Stream is to influence people's lives in a way you can't in the private sector - though you need to better paid for it".
Survey of Scotland prosecutors finds worrying levels of stress
A new FDA survey of Scotland's prosecutors has found that 81% of legal staff had serious concerns over preparation time, staffing levels and workload.
Women in the workplace BIS report published
BIS has published its 'Women in the workplace' report which calls on the Government to do more to tackle female under-representation in certain sectors of the economy.
Guardian Public Leader Network Livechat on reversing pay inequality in the public sector
FDA participated in a lively debate on Guardian Public Leader Network on equal pay in the public sector
Professions into Leadership Conference 2013
FDA members were among over 30 delegates at the second ‘Professions into Leadership Conference’ organised jointly by FDA and Prospect, in partnership with Dods.
Fast Streamers Conference 2013
Around 200 delegates attended the 2013 Fast Streamers conference which was held in Manchester on 10 and 11 June.
Report from the 2013 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference
Three FDA delegates represented the FDA at the 2013 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference. The theme of this year's conference, held at Congress House, central London on 22 and 23 May, was 'Jobs, services, respect for disabled people!'
Department of Health SCS working on NHS front line is welcomed if not a stunt, Penman tells Radio 5 Live
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on this morning’s BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show, regarding the announcement that civil servants at the Department of Health will be expected to spend 20 working days each year working on the NHS front line.
Report from the 2013 Annual Delegate Conference
Yesterday’s FDA's annual conference heard keynote speeches from Chair of PASC Bernard Jenkin MP, and Dave Penman, speaking to conference for the first time as FDA General Secretary.
Jenkin used his speech to announce the need for an independent Parliamentary Committee to take a considered approach to the future of the civil service.
Permanent secretaries on fixed-term contracts 'would deliver bad government', says FDA
Yesterday’s Independent on Sunday quoted FDA general secretary Dave Penman, over mooted plans to put permanent secretaries on fixed-term four year contracts.
FDA fears over contestable policymaking
The latest issue of Civil Service World features a report from the FDA's alternative White Paper launch, quoting FDA general secretary Dave Penman on open policymaking.
Government needs ‘compelling justification for transferring government services out of the civil service’, says FDA
A letter from FDA assistant general secretary Naomi Cooke was published in yesterday’s Independent, in response to an article on public services and staff being transferred to the private sector.
FDA launches alternative White Paper on civil service reform
Yesterday evening, the FDA launched its alternative White Paper on civil service reform in Parliament.
FDA outlines alternative White Paper on reform
Opinion pieces by FDA general secretary Dave Penman, outlining the reasons behind the FDA's alternative White Paper to be launched this evening, feature in both the Guardian Public Leaders Network online and in Public Servant.
FDA at the 2013 TUC Black Workers' Conference
An FDA delegation of four attended the 2013 TUC Black Workers' Conference, in mid-April. The union submitted a motion on encouraging increased diversity at senior levels.
SCS T&C reforms reduce package already ‘far below’ rest of public or private sector, says FDA
In today's Independent and the latest issue of Civil Service World, FDA general secretary Dave Penman says reforms to senior civil servants’ terms and conditions further reduce a package that the Government’s own figures show is already below those comparable elsewhere.
Job vacancy: FDA communications officer
The FDA is looking to recruit a communications officer to join its head office team.
FDA asks the Chancellor: Are public servants not part of the aspiration nation?
In an opinion article on the Guardian Public Leaders Network, FDA general secretary Dave Penman questions why Chancellor George Osborne - in his 2013 Budget - appears to exclude public servants from his ‘aspiration nation’.
FDA celebrates Women's History Month
On Thursday 21 March, the FDA held a reception to mark Women's History Month and launch this year's Women into Leadership event.
Budget 2013: the FDA's response
The FDA issued a press release and was quoted in The Telegraph, The Financial Times, City A.M. and online in the Local Government Chronicle responding to yesterday's Budget announcements.
Civil Service Commission open week: 18 to 22 March 2013
The Civil Service Commission is holding a virtual open week from 18 to 22 March, providing an opportunity for civil servants and the public to ask questions about the Commission’s work.
FDA speaks out at the 2013 TUC Women’s Conference
An FDA delegation of six attended the 2013 TUC Women's Conference, from 13 to 15 March at Congress House in central London. The union submitted motions on childcare and Counting Women In, the campaign for equal representation of women in government.
Invest £312 million in HMRC to gain £8 billion, says ARC Budget submission
In a fully-costed submission to next week's Budget, the Association for Revenue and Customs says a further investment of £312 million in HMRC will deliver additional revenues to the UK of more than £8 billion, a return on investment of more than 26 to 1.
Today is International Women’s Day
Across the world each year, thousands of events occur on 8 March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
FDA supports Work Your Proper Hours Day 2013
Today is Work Your Proper Hours Day. According to TUC research, this is the day when those who do unpaid overtime would start, on average, to get paid if they did all their unpaid work at the start of the year.
FDA celebrates LGBT History Month
In mid-February, around 60 people from more than a dozen different departments attended the FDA LGBT History Month event, celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community.
FDA launches campaign highlighting how our members' work benefits the nation
The FDA will be launching a major campaign in April, to promote the union's case for reform and highlight how beneficial the work of FDA members is to the nation.
IfG analysis shows sharp decline in SCS pay satisfaction rates, says FDA
The FDA today responded to the Institute for Government's supplementary analysis of the 2012 Civil Service People Survey. After additional SCS survey data was released, the IfG stated this is "probably in response to the FDA union, which claimed that the SCS were demoralised with two-thirds considering leaving the civil service".
Take part in the FDA's working hours survey
The FDA is conducting a short, anonymous, online survey of members - and potential members - to find out how many extra hours they're working, whether there are options to work more flexibly and if they have any top tips on reducing excess working hours.
Union responds to further consultation on Fair Deal
The FDA has responded to HM Treasury's further consultation on the Fair Deal reforms, which form part of the Public Service Pensions reform agreements.
FDA provides evidence to PASC's inquiry into the future of the civil service
FDA general secretary Dave Penman today gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry into the future of the civil service.
FDA questions time period for Scottish independence process
FDA Scottish secretary, Jim Caldwell, was interviewed on the BBC Sunday Politics Scotland programme, in response to comments from First Minister Alex Salmond that other countries have taken just 15 months to complete the independence process.
ARC informs Westminster Hall debate on HMRC capacity and resources
During yesterday's Westminster Hall HMRC debate, Catherine McKinnell - Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – quoted a briefing from the Association of Revenue and Customs during a discussion over the return on investment in staff.
Government faces "an exodus of talent" from a demoralised senior civil service, warns the FDA
As reported in today's Guardian, an FDA survey shows that the morale of two-thirds of senior civil servants is so low that they are considering leaving their job.
Publicservice.co.uk runs poll on FDA general secretary’s view that civil service should be celebrated
Following yesterday’s interview of FDA general secretary Dave Penman on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, publicservice.co.uk is asking visitors to vote on whether the achievements of a smaller civil service should be celebrated.
FDA general secretary responds to public criticism of civil servants in BBC interview
FDA general secretary Dave Penman was interviewed this morning on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, about recent public criticism by politicians about the civil service, and whether a major reform of the current civil service model is needed.
FDA tells Ministers to engage with staff before the media
Responding to recent public discussion by politicians about the senior civil service, the FDA has today said that relations would be better if Ministers spent time engaging with staff rather than complaining to the media when their plans go awry.
Cross Public Sector Development Day: 18 March 2013
The FDA – together with civil service, health and local government partners - is organising a Cross Public Sector Professional Development Day in Sheffield on 18 March 2013.
'This is the moment for specialists', delegates told
"You should push open all the doors... this is the moment for specialists," development consultant and former SCS member, Richard Hillsdon, told delegates at the first Professions into Leadership conference held in central London on 12 December.