Public Services Need Fair Pay: FDA calls for fully-funded pay rise for all public servants


FDA members help to keep Britain's vital public services running at a time of immense challenges – and they are working harder than ever before. However, thanks to the protracted squeeze on public sector pay since 2010, they have been left worse off. This has to change.

The FDA is now 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.

The newly-launched Fair Pay Calculator will help members to work out just how much their salaries have been hit by pay restraint, and provide them with all the information needed to tell their elected representatives that an end to this attack on public sector living standards is now long overdue.

Throughout the campaign, the FDA will also be telling the stories behind the complex and vital work that our members do and challenging myths about the civil service as we make the case for change. 

As Cathy Williams tells us, public sector pay policy is not just making life harder for staff - it can also have serious knock-on effects for the quality of public services: 

"It increasingly feels as if there is too much reliance on the goodwill of staff. We’re not just flat lining on pay – we’re in fact going backwards. That matters because, as well as hitting morale, it limits our ability to attract and retain a workforce that brings new thinking, and brings in vital digital skills. It’s very hard to do that when the gap between what those people could earn in the private sector and what they can earn in the civil service is growing all the time."

The launch of the campaign comes after FDA wrote directly to senior ministers calling on them to match warm words on public sector pay with concrete action. We have also joined forces with unions right across the public and private sectors to call for an end to the arbitrary restrictions of recent pay policy. FDA members made their voices heard at the TUC's Pay Rise Rally in Parliament Square, where the message came loud and clear: all public sector staff deserve a decent pay rise – no ifs, no buts, and no cherry-picking. And, as ever, we are taking our case for a fair and fully-funded pay rise directly to departments and the Senior Salaries Review Body as they set pay levels for the coming year.

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