Union condemns political attack at the expense of civil servants

The FDA has today publicly rejected the Labour Party's politically motivated attack on the Government at the expense of civil servants.

The union responded to the comments by Caroline Flint MP, Labour's shadow energy and climate change secretary, about 'bonus' payments paid to civil servants at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman said: "Having been a minister in government, Caroline Flint should be well aware that what she is calling bonuses are performance-related payments paid to hard working public servants, a system of payment that her party supported when in power.

"Most public servants have suffered either a two- or three-year pay freeze on top of an imposed £2.8bn pensions levy. These performance-related payments are non-pensionable and the only additional payment many of these civil servants will receive. They reflect individual performance and must be re-earned every year. To call them bonuses and implicitly link them to the discredited and obscene bonus culture in the City, is nothing more than crass political opportunism."

Read the FDA's press release 
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