Ó Ríordáin congratulates school secretaries on a successful campaign

27 October 2020

Speaking after Fórsa secured agreement from the Department of Education and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to regularise the pay conditions and pensions of block grant paid school secretaries and caretakers, Labour Education Spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has congratulated Fórsa and the school secretaries for a successful campaign.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“School secretaries and caretakers are the backbone of the school community and deserve to be treated with the same respect as other public servants. As a long-time supporter of the Fórsa Support Our Secretaries Campaign, I would like to congratulate Fórsa and the school secretaries for their successful campaign. Some of these secretaries are paid as little as €12,500 out of ancillary grants and many perform duties beyond that of a secretary.

“It should not have taken several days of industrial action and campaign over a few years for school secretaries and caretakers to get the pay and conditions that they deserve. The success of this campaign highlights the importance of trade union membership and a strong trade union movement to advance the cause of workers.

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