Andy Pike

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The head of  Fórsa’s education division, Andy Pike,  said some school secretaries had been campaigning for up to 20 years for an end to the existing two-tier system. Photograph: iStock

A new deal on pay, conditions and pensions for school secretaries and caretakers may be in place by the start of the next academic year, the Fórsa tra(...)

The Government’s decision to change the Covid-19 vaccination schedule was not based on how those working in any particular profession are valued,  Minister for Education Norma Foley has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Industry Correspondent The Government’s decision to change the Covid-19 vaccination priority list was not based on how those working in any particula(...)

Mass testing took place at the school on Thursday. File photograph: iStock

There has been an outbreak of Covid-19 in a Dublin special school, amid calls for special needs assistants (SNAs) and teachers to be reprioritised for(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley said claims by the INTO that it did not instruct its members to stay out of schools were “incredibly disingenuous”. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government and unions are to explore whether it is possible to reopen schools from February 1st if there is a continued decline in Covid-19 cases.(...)

Speculation has mounted that mainstream schools may not be back in operation until the end of February with lockdown restrictions remaining in place at Level 5 until after the mid-term break. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Education Norma Foley has reiterated that it is her priority to get Leaving Certificate students back in class by February 1st. Speculat(...)

Fórsa, the union which represents special needs assistants, says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it is safe to do so. File photograph: iStock

The main special needs assistants’ union says it will support reopening school for children with additional needs if health and safety checks show it (...)

The Cabinet has been examining plans to keep secondary schools open for three days a week for up to 60,000 Leaving Cert students. File photograph: David Jones/PA

Unions representing school staff have expressed alarm over the Government’s decision to partially reopen schools for special needs and Leaving Certifi(...)

The ASTI general secretary said a survey of its members indicated that a vast majority of schools did not have a ventilation system and many were keeping windows open to increase air flow. Photograph: iStock

Schools could end up closing if there is a cold snap due to the lack of adequate ventilation systems in classrooms, teachers’ unions have warned. The(...)

Members of Fórsa’s school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education earlier this year. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Industry Correspondent An agreement has been reached on a pathway to regularising the pay, conditions and pensions of school secretaries and caretake(...)

Members of Fórsa’s school secretaries branch protesting outside the Department of Education earlier this year. The union has deferred plans for fresh industrial action. Photograph: Damien Eagers / The Irish Times

Plans for a series of work stoppages by school secretaries have been put on hold to allow for fresh talks aimed at ending a dispute over their employm(...)

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