National Association of First Division Civil Servants/ The First Division Association

Scope and Content

Various publications of the National Association of First Division Civil Servants.

Administrative / Biographical History

The First Division Association formally came into being in January 1919. The original rules of the FDA state that its purpose was to "promote the efficiency of the public service and to consider and deal with all matters affecting the classes of the civil service included in the Association". In 1929 the FDA formed part of a joint body representing higher grade associations - the Higher Grades Conference. The trend towards unionisation continued with the setting up of a pay and conditions sub-committee in 1946 and an advisory sub-committee on assistant principals' pay in 1951.During the 1980s membership continued to grow steadily and in 1988 the Association of Inspectors of Tax (AIT) - now ARC - and the FDA merged, although the AIT retained its separate identity.

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