Government need to engage with school secretaries’ representatives – Smyth

St. Bricin's prefabsFianna Fáil TD for Cavan Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, has called on the Minster for Education to immediately engage with representatives of school secretaries. Deputy Smyth was raising the matter as school secretaries in the Cavan-Monaghan region have sought assistance with social welfare applications during the school summer holidays.


Deputy Smyth explained, “The conditions school secretaries are subjected to are abhorrent. There has been no respect shown by government to these hard-working secretaries.


“The Minister has chosen to let the situation reach an unsustainable boiling point without taking any action.


“In my own constituency office, I have had school secretaries seek help as they apply for social welfare payments during the summer months when school closes. This is no way to treat those who provide dedicated secretarial work to our schools.


“We have a ridiculous situation where some schools have members of staff sitting across from each other and they may be on drastically different salaries and drastically different levels of job security. It needs to be addressed.


“Despite the comments made by the Minister for Education in recent weeks that he intended to have a comprehensive look at this issue rather than just meeting for the sake of meeting, this is exactly what appears to have happened.


“The Minister needs address the matter head-on and end the delaying tactics which have become common place with this issue. He should direct the Department of Education to engage with representatives from Forsa as a matter of priority”, concluded Deputy Smyth.


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