BDA joins TUC in calling for fair pay for public servants

BDA joins TUC in calling for fair pay for public servants

17 October 2017

BDA members will today (17th October) join thousands of other public servants, and trade unions at a rally in Westminster Square to call on the government to act to give all public sector workers the pay rise they deserve. Caroline Bovey BEM, the BDA’s Chair-Elect and Chair of BDA Wales Board, will address the rally, highlighting the impact that seven years of pay freezes and below-inflation increases have had on dietitians across the UK.

The BDA Trade Union, which represents over 9000 members of the dietetic profession, has been closely involved with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) campaign to highlight the impact of austerity on the livelihoods of millions of public sector workers. They calculate that the average NHS dietitian will have seen a real terms pay cut of 9.3% since 2010. The TUC’s own polling show that 76% of all voters support fair pay for public sector workers.

Annette Mansell-Green, Head of Employment Relations at the BDA said; “It is time for the government to scrap the artificial restrictions on public sector pay; the country can’t afford not to do so. It isn’t going to be enough to lift the cap on pay rises, as Jeremy Hunt announced recently; the government must make sure there is new money to fund it, else we face placing greater pressures on already overstretched public services.”

Ahead of her address to the rally, Caroline Bovey BEM said; “Dietitians, like so many other workers in the health and care sectors, have been feeling the squeeze for the best part of a decade. The cost of living has continued to rise as wages fall behind, which leave people facing real hardship and damages morale. A pay rise for hard working public servants is not unaffordable – it would add just 1% to annual departmental budgets to have earnings rise by inflation for the next five years.”

The Britain still needs a pay rise rally is taking place from 18.30 until 20.00 outside the Houses of Parliament. It will be supported by other events and marches across the UK today and in the following weeks. 

Notes to editors

  • For more information please contact Annette Mansell-Green, Head of Employment Relations at
  • Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

  • Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.

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  • Find us on twitter: @BrDieteticAssoc

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