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Secretary of the FDA’s Procurators Fiscal Section Fiona Eadie reflects on the historic pay deal achieved for members in COPFS and the success of the ‘Equal Value, Equal Worth’ campaign.
The FDA has received a pay offer from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to settle the long-running ‘Equal value, equal worth’ campaign for pay parity with the Scottish Government.
95% voted to support the action and to progress the FDA’s long-running ‘Equal value, equal worth’ campaign for pay parity between COPFS and equivalent roles in the Scottish Government.
The FDA has launched an indicative ballot of members working in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on possible industrial action over pay.
FDA rep Claire Bottomley tells Kay Hender how her own experience helped her to learn the importance of prioritising wellbeing, and the changes she helped bring to her department.
The FDA has welcomed steps to restrict physical court hearings but more needs to be done to protect all those attending courts amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The union warns tensions around COPFS pay may soon "come to a head", as the FDA's pay campaign gathers momentum.
FDA National Officer Allan Sampson responds to the announcement of the Scottish Government’s public sector pay policy.
"While we welcome the in-year budget increase, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance must ensure this comes as part of a sustained, long-term commitment to adequately resource the COPFS," says FDA President Fiona Eadie.
The Procurators Fiscal Society of the FDA union alleged Scottish ministers value their work – including dealing with child sex abuse victims and some of the country’s most violent offenders – less than that of government lawyers.
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee took evidence on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), amid concerns over whether the department has the right resources to meet the increasing workloads and demands of the Service.