Unions Issue Joint Warning on 'Unfair' Pay System

By Conrad, Mark | Public Finance, November 24, 2006 | Go to article overview

Unions Issue Joint Warning on 'Unfair' Pay System


Conrad, Mark, Public Finance


Whitehall's pay system for senior civil servants is unfair, too complicated and 'no longer fit for purpose', two professional-grade trade unions have warned.

The usually moderate FDA and Prospect unions seem to he tired of repeating warnings over the senior civil service's pay system, and have called for government action to improve matters.

FDA officials fear low morale over pay could cause an exodus of experienced personnel to betterpaid jobs in the private sector.

The two unions' annual submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body makes clear their increasing anger at ministers' failure to correct problems with pay progression through the band system, disparities with the private sector and grossly unfair' caps on the number of staff who can receive pay increases annually.

Senior Whitehall staff have warned the Treasury, which determines civil service pay, about growing problems for many years. …

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