Posted on December 15, 2015 1:08 PM   |   Permanent Link   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD Sean Kenny has welcomed the announcement that as a result of arbitration, school secretaries and caretakers in grant funded schools will see an increase to their pay packets.

Deputy Kenny commented: "Notifications have been sent out by the Department of Education today which puts in place an increase in pay that has been recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers, of 10% between 2016 and 2019. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of €13 for such staff will be phased in over the same period, which begins on January 1st."

"This decision was reached in an arbitration process and I welcome that the Minister for Education has accepted the findings. This will address concerns that a particular group of staff, who play a vital role in the running of schools right around the country, had regarding their pay levels, which have been some of the lowest pay levels in the education sector."

"It is also worth pointing out that this work adds to work already done by the Government, and particularly Labour in Government on the issue of low pay. In particular I would draw attention to the Low Pay Commission that Minister Ged Nash has done so much to put in place, which has overseen a process that has seen an increase in the minimum wage, and has examined the issue of low hours contracts in the Irish workforce."