School secretaries will see their issues being raised at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), a vital first step in seeing their longstanding issues resolved. The trade union Fórsa has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Education and Skills to drop the demand that current industrial action by school secretaries be suspended before agreeing to participate in discussions with Fórsa under the auspices of the WRC about ending the two-tier pay system for school secretaries. The union has said that it welcomes the opportunity to work to resolve the issues
School secretaries have upped their campaign for equal pay and conditions with demonstrations on Saturday outside education minister Joe McHugh’s constituency office, as well as Department of Education offices in Dublin and Athlone. The rallies took place as the trade union Fórsa prepares to reveal the result of a nationwide
Working in public schools but not treated as public servants, school secretaries are now organising and making their demands for equal pay and conditions heard, writes Róisín Ní Dhalaigh.