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Kathleen Funchion TD backs SOS: ‘Support our Secretaries’ campaign

17 January, 2019 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson for Education and Skills Kathleen Funchion TD has said that the 3,500 school secretaries working in our education system deserved pay and conditions that reflect the invaluable work they carry out for our schools and communities.

Speaking in support of Forsa’s campaign SOS: ‘Support our Secretaries’ which is was launched in Dublin today, Teachta Funchion called for fair pay and working conditions for school secretaries.

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said:

“It’s often the local school secretary who acts as the backbone of a school ensuring the day to day operation runs smoothly.

“We all know that without the school secretary, a school is practically inoperable.

“Only approximately 10% of school secretaries are directly employed by the Department of Education and School boards of management govern the rest.

“Working terms and conditions are not standardized. The majority have no security of employment, no occupational pensions, and are forced to sign on each year during summer holidays.

“Shockingly, some secretaries who are paid through their school's ancillary grant are working on salaries as low as €12,000 a year.

“Given the workload and responsibility involved in their roles, this is completely unreasonable.

“I fully support Forsa in calling on the Department of Education to implement measures that would provide for entitlements and protections equivalent to clerical staff on public service pay scales.”

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