Thousands school secretaries have taken strike action today. They are protesting over a measly pay offer and to demand job security. People Before Profit fully supports the school secretaries. It is a disgrace that the Workplace Relations Commission awarded them a tiny 1.5% increase. They deserve far more. They should be put on the payroll of the Department of Education and given proper job security. It is our hope that the teachers union will come out fully in support of their colleagues.

Fine Gael like to present themselves as being all about equality, yet they treat SCHOOL SECRETARIES like second class citizens. Some are employed directly by the Department but many are not, and so they want parity, a simple demand. It would mean getting sick pay, holiday pay, etc and importantly the respect and aknowledgement these hard working multi-tasking workers deserve. And they will strike to get it, Jan 10th. Full support to Irish School Secretaries.