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School secretaries vote for industrial action after pay cuts

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 08/03/2011. School secretaries vote for industrial action after pay cuts Tags: Teachers News

Secretaries at both secondary schools and primary schools could go on strike in protest at pay cuts being imposed on them, it has emerged.

According to Impact - Ireland's largest public and services trade union with 65,000 members across a wide variety of sectors - its School Secretaries branch has "voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action by a margin of 72 per cent" after their wages were reduced by five per cent as of January 1st 2011.

Brendan McKay, assistant general secretary of Impact, remarked that the decision to hold a ballot on potential strike action was taken after the government revealed that "up to 17,000 low paid staff" would have their salaries reduced.

"Our goal is to have these unjust and unfair pay cuts reversed," he explained.

Mr McKay went on to say that Impact is now in the process of deciding on "appropriate industrial action" as well as considering other measures that may see the cuts reversed.

Written by Donal Walsh


nora sheehan

(30-03-2011 08:57)

Hi ,
I am not with any union but think that i should. I have been affected by the wage cuts and finding it tough

nora sheehan

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