The FDA demands the Government fund a pay rise for Crown prosecutors in light of the recommendation on judges’ pay by the Senior Salaries Review Body.
The SSRB recommended that the judiciary receive increases of up to 32%, and that Crown Court judges receive a 22% pay rise.
National Officer Steven Littlewood said: “The independent review body has rightly made its recommendations based on factors including increased workloads, recruitment issues and low morale, but these are problems throughout the criminal justice system and for Crown prosecutors in particular.
"If Crown Court judges deserve a 22% pay rise then how can it be right for a Crown prosecutor appearing before them in court to have suffered a 20% real terms pay cut?
"The Government needs to urgently reassess Crown prosecutor pay and adequately compensate CPS staff who protect the public while dealing with understaffing, increased workloads and stagnant pay.”
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. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk. General Secretary Dave Penman tweets as @FDAGenSec.
4. For more information contact:
FDA Communications Officer Tommy Newell on 020 7401 5588 or 07738 729 145.
FDA Communications Officer Laura Gilbert on 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700 747.