Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Meath school secretaries and caretakers to receive pay increase

Regina Doherty, pictured above, with Minister of State in the Department of Education, Damien English TD, has said behind the scenes school staff work tirelessly to ensure a safe and happy environment for our children to learn in, and it is fantastic that this work will be rewarded in the New Year.


Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the recent announcement by the Department of Education which see significant pay increases for School Secretaries and Caretakers.

The Ratoath based TD said “A cumulative pay increase of 10% between 2016 and 2019 was recommended for School Secretaries and Caretakers comprehended by the terms of the arbitration process. In addition, a minimum hourly pay rate of €13 for such staff will be phased in over the period 2016 to 2019.


“The first phase of increases will commence from 1 January 2016 which will see a 2.5% increase in the hourly pay rate and the introduction of a minimum hourly pay rate of €10.25.”

Doherty continued “this announcement builds on the work carried out by the Government over recent months to tackle low pay more generally. This work has included the establishment of the Low Pay Commission, increasing the minimum wage, and assessing the prevalence of low hour contracts in the Irish workforce.”

“I also welcome Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s commitment to increase the various grants which are used by schools to employ School Secretaries and Caretakers in 2016 in order to enable schools to pay the increase in the hourly rate.”

Concluding, Deputy Doherty said “we are so lucky to have such a wealth of fantastic primary and secondary schools here in Meath. Behind the scenes school staff work tirelessly to ensure a safe and happy environment for our children to learn in, and it is fantastic that this work will be rewarded in the New Year.” 

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