Ireland - Finance Minister rules out revision of odd pay cut March 24, 2011

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has ruled out reversing a 5% pay cut for around 17,000 low-paid school secretaries and non-teaching staff imposed at the beginning of 2011. Around 500 secretaries belonging to the IMPACT trade union have already voted to take industrial action over the pay cut. They point out that their pay is being cut despite the fact that they do not enjoy any of the benefits of public servants, including pensions - and that many are earning little more than the minimum wage. The row arose after the Department of Education and Skills instructed all schools and VECs to impose pay cuts of 5% on up to 17,000 low-paid non-teaching staff, to match last year's public service pay cuts. However, an anomaly arose for school secretaries hired after 1990 - as they are employed by individual schools and VECs, and are paid out of a grant to school boards.


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