School secretaries and caretakers

Good news for school secretaries and caretakers last week with the Government making a preliminary agreement to regularise their pay and conditions.

Congratulations to Forsa on securing this preliminary deal with the Departments of Education and Public Expenditure at the Workplace Relations Commission, I am happy to have been able to support them in their campaign. We committed to this in Opposition and are now delivering in Government.

It is vital that we value the contribution that secretaries and caretakers make to the school community now more than ever and I welcome the positive moves being made by Government to improve pay and conditions for school staff. Detailed talks about implementing this preliminary agreement will now take place with the hope they will conclude in February.