Around 1,000 school secretaries and caretakers on low pay with no job security are to have their conditions of employment "regularised" under a preliminary agreement reached at the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday evening. The dispute centres on a two-tier pay system for school secretaries and caretakers.
Those employed by Education and Training Boards have the status, terms and conditions of public servants, but those employed directly by boards of management in schools earn less, with no sick pay, holiday pay or increments - and many are forced to sign on for social welfare during school breaks.
The agreement reached on regularising the pay and conditions of school secretaries and caretakers has been welcomed by Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers, who says it's only fair that they're paid adequately for their work.
Senator Chambers says that. although final costings have still to be completed, she's happy the matter is on the way to being resolved.