Union willing to re-enter talks if two-tier system ends

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The trade union representing school secretaries has said it would be prepared to re-enter talks if the Government demonstrates that it is genuinely willing to move off what the union called its rigid commitment to a 40-year-old, two-tier pay system

Around 1,000 school secretaries are staging a one-day strike, the second such action in their campaign for an end to low pay and insecure working conditions.

Just under 1,000 school secretaries are paid directly by the State, employed by either the Department of Education or State education and training boards. Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Minister for Education Joe McHugh urged school secretaries to return to talks. The work-to-rule includes a ban on the inputting of payroll information. The Department of Education warned yesterday that the secretaries' actions could impact the payment of teachers and SNAs.

The overwhelming majority of school secretaries are women. Fórsa said it was aware of only two school secretaries who are male. He also insisted that any resolution must end the lay-off of school secretaries at the end of each school term and introduce basic employment rights like paid holidays and sick leave.


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It's the contract of employment they signed. If they think they're worth more go get a job in the private sector and prove it.


If it's not bingo related the government aren't gonna listen.

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