The FDA, the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK’s senior civil and public servants, believes that the criticisms of ‘bonus’ payments made to Ministry of Defence civilian staff are very unfair and misleading.
FDA general secretary Jonathan Baume said: “This criticism is very unfair. We are talking about tens of thousands of people working very hard to support our troops. Many of these payments are made to people serving alongside the military – in Iraq and Afghanistan. They include a wide range of technical and professional staff.” “Ministers have insisted on similar schemes in most departments, and it is about time they went on record defending the arrangements that they put in place.”