The FDA trade union – which represents senior government employees – said the anonymous allegations that government staff did not work effectively during the recent crisis were “completely baseless.”
It follows an unknown minister who attacks the “culture of absenteeism”. Mail on Sunday.“People were left with the Taliban who could have been saved.”
FDA Secretary-General Dave Penman said. Free“This is the biggest scapegoat of government employees for political failure.”
The union leader added: “It is outrageous to advise people to die because of government employees working from home. Anonymous ministers know they can drop the allegations and government employees cannot respond. It is cowardice. ۔ ”
This comes at a time when reports suggest that government departments may face deadlines and targets to force staff to return to office once the crisis is over.
Boris Johnson Using his Conservative Party conference speech, he said the UK should “see people back in office” and claimed: “We need a productive workforce that only comes with face-to-face meetings and water cooler gossip.” ۔ ”
But Mr Penman said the pressure to be flexible and to have more staff outside London was already part of the government’s agenda before the epidemic.
“Government employees are surrendering,” he said. It doesn’t seem to be about finding effective ways to work.
Mr Penman said the FDA would reject any attempt to introduce quotas, so every government department was forced to have a certain percentage of staff in the office.
“If the emphasis is on introducing quotas, it will create completely unnecessary logistical challenges for the government. It will be very fruitful.”
He pointed out that many parts of the White Hall are already on very low desk numbers due to cost reductions before the Cowboys crisis. “They have only three desks for every ten staff in the cabinet office.”
Downing Street insisted there were no plans to set specific targets for the number of government employees who would work from their offices instead of their homes.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said on Monday: “We are seeing a steady return of government employees to work in the office. We expect the same not only in the civil service but also in the private sector and it will continue.
The prime minister’s spokesman said it was up to individual departments to monitor how many government employees should return to office.
The Cabinet Office also responded to anonymous claims that sensitive documents could only be kept in government offices during the Afghan crisis, and that evacuation efforts were hampered by staff shortages.
A spokesman said: “We reject these claims. The Cabinet Office and its staff contributed to the success of Operation Putting, working round the clock and assisting in the largest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history. ۔