According to a report on Civil Service World
The FDA union is looking to extend its reach further into the civil service by launching a new organisation for officials at SEO and HEO level.
The union currently represents around 18,000 senior officials in the top tiers of the service – those at Senior Civil Service (SCS) level, and those working in Grades 6 & 7.
But the new union – dubbed "Keystone" – will allow higher executive officers and senior executive officers to become full members of the FDA. The organisation says it is not aiming to "compete with other unions for members".
PCS has lost thousands of members in recent months due to the end of "check-off" in several departments, a process set to increase over the coming year.
Faced with decline prospects PCS has become paranoid about other unions, especially since the unions finances were so badly run they were unable to even afford internal elections. The sale of the Falcon Road headquarters building caused some controversy when finally publicly exposed as the process had begun in secret.
The decision of the government to allow Unison negotiation rights in the civil service led to Serwotka complaining to the TUC. At the same time relations with Prospect one of the other main civil service unions has become more than frayed.
Additionally PCS has had two breakaways leading to the formation of the NCOA and the RCTU.
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