Fianna Fail Education Spokesperson Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the announcement that agreement has been reached between the Department of Education and school secretaries at the Workplace Relations Commission
Senator O’Loughlin said, “I am delighted that a resolution has been reached between the Department and representatives of school secretaries, and that tomorrows planned strike action has been called off”
“School secretaries are the heartbeat of our schools, and for too long their pay and conditions have not reflected that.”
“The school secretaries that I have been in touch with for years now always felt that there was a real lack of recognition of the work they do every day keeping our schools running”
“Pay parity is essential, and we had to see an end to the two-tier system of pay between ETB and non-ETB schools, and today’s announcement achieves this.
Fiona concluded “I want to pay tribute to my Fianna Fail colleagues Ministers Norma Foley TD and Michael McGrath TD for their tireless work in finding a resolution here. They have delivered for our local school secretaires and have given them the recognition they deserve”