Top civil servants call off strike

Top civil servants’ union the FDA has called off strike action called for tomorrow morning (Wednesday) in protest at changes to its members’ pension schemes.

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The union, which represents senior civil servants, government lawyers, tax inspectors and crown prosecutors, called off the action after receiving assurances from the government that genuine negotiations would take place over proposed changes to Civil Service Pension schemes.

Jonathan Baume, general secretary of the FDA, said: ‘We welcome the Government’s promise of a ‘fresh start’ in negotiations, which is a significant change of direction. Clearly, any change to the hard-earned retirements of civil servants must be a subject for genuine negotiation and debate.

‘We are now assured that the Government realises the importance of getting these changes right. We look forward to beginning meaningful dialogue on how best to ensure the fairness and sustainability of public sector pension schemes.’

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