See below a letter that went home with the children today.  For more information take a look at the link below:

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This Friday, 10 January, school secretaries represented by Fórsa will hold a national one-day strike and commence a work-to-rule campaign from Friday until further notice as they escalate their industrial action. This will affect our school directly.

Fórsa is seeking to address a two-tier pay system, which leaves most school secretaries earning just €12,500 a year, and on irregular short-term contracts with many having to sign on for unemployment benefits during the school holidays. These school secretaries enjoy none of the benefits afforded to other employees.

Following the one-day strike, FÓRSA school secretaries will also escalate their work-to-rule campaign to include a boycott of the OLCS system, ESINET, POD, FSSU and local in-house database systems such as VSware and Aladdin Schools.

Consequently this Friday, there will be nobody to answer the phone, check emails or do the multitude of jobs Sandra does here in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál on a daily basis. The school staff fully support this action. Rather than engage in a one person picket, Sandra will join other secretaries at a central venue on Friday to protest.

Your understanding and support on this issue would be appreciated and hopefully it can come to a satisfactory conclusion soon.


Yours sincerely,


David O’Farrell


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