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Monday 08 June 2020

FDA secures pay rise for Welsh Government staff

FDA members in Welsh Government have voted to accept a 2.5% pay award for 2020, with a resounding 98% voting to accept the offer. 

Commenting on the result, FDA Wales National Officer Gareth Hills said: 

“This pay award is testament to the value of continued constructive engagement between Welsh Government Trade Unions, even during these most unprecedented of times. 

“I’m sure all staff will welcome this well-deserved pay rise, which goes some way to recognising the continued hard work and commitment of staff in supporting Ministers to deliver for Wales. 

“However, I had hoped for greater Ministerial recognition of the work of Welsh Government staff in delivering an ever-growing list of priorities, not least the key role Welsh Government civil servants have played in responding to COVID-19. 

“From developing and implementing measures to protect the economy, supporting individuals and businesses, to ensuring the continued provision of quality education, Welsh Government civil servants have been front and centre, working tirelessly to lead the nation through the pandemic. 

“At the same time staff are striving to maintain vital public services, responding to Brexit, and have transformed their ways of working overnight. 

“After almost ten years of pay freezes and pay caps, Welsh Government staff deserve an award that fully reflects and recognises their contribution to the Welsh economy, Welsh society, and every Welsh citizen.”

Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the union for senior managers and professionals in public service, representing more than 18,000 members at grades HEO and above. Membership includes senior civil servants, government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across the Government and the NHS.
2. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
3. FDA Wales can be found on Twitter @FDA_Wales and at www.fda.org.uk. General Secretary Dave Penman tweets as @FDAGenSec.
4. For more information contact:
FDA Communications Officer Tommy Newell on 07738 729 145 or tommy@fda.org.uk
FDA Communications Officer Scott Dobson on 07727 869 640 or scott@fda.org.uk
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