School secretaries are on strike! pic.twitter.com/JZAfh07dvc
— Damien Tiernan (@damienwlr) January 10, 2020
Some 1,000 school secretaries will hold a one-day strike as part of an ongoing campaign against a controversial two-tier pay system.
Trade union Fórsa writes:
“Today’s nationwide strike action by school secretaries represented by Fórsa trade union is to be followed by a resumption of their work to rule, which was suspended in October 2019 in order to facilitate discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
The dispute is over the continuing two-tier pay system that leaves most school secretaries earning just €12,500 a year, with irregular, short-term contracts that force them to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks.
Fórsa represents more than half of the estimated 2,000 school secretaries employed directly by their school’s board of management and paid from the school’s ancillary grant.
Most of the remaining estimated 1,000 school secretaries are employed directly through the Education and Training Boards (ETBs), while a very small number, who were hired before 1978, are directly employed by the Department of Education.
The vast majority of school secretaries working in Ireland are women.
The decision to take strike action and resume the work to rule followed what the union described as an ‘insulting and derisory’ offer of 1.5% at the WRC last December.
Talks have been taking place since October.
The resumed work to rule action will mean that school secretaries will withdraw from work on public service systems and databases.
They will also refuse to carry out the functions of public servants.
This is because they have repeatedly been refused public service pay and conditions over the last four decades.”
Frontline Defence News Ireland tweetz:
I am a sailor [with the Irish Naval Service]. I work four weeks at sea, two weeks ashore. When I am ashore, I live on my ship and perform 3 x 24hr duties also. I get €24 per day at sea this month. I will do 10 x 24hr duties at a minimum. I am suffering from burnout…
24 euro a day is an extra allowance while at sea. Rate of pay for a fully trained 1st class seaman starting out is 540.55 a week, with increase after 3 years service. Still shit for the work done, but not as bad as 24 euro a day.
— Eugene O’Gorman (@Steoller) January 2, 2020
RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Mark Tighe, in yesterday’s Sunday Times, reported:
Almost three-quarters of those who earn salaries of more than €100,000 a year in RTE are men, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times. By contrast, well over half of RTE staff paid less than €40,000 are women.
…This has now been confirmed in figures supplied after a freedom of information request to the station.
They cover basic salary of staff members, and not contractors, overtime or allowances.
The figures show that, while women made up 48.3% of RTE’s 1,984 staff at the end of 2016, they accounted for just 29.6% of the 125 workers whose basic annual salary was more than €100,000.
Previously: They’re Back!
A breakdown by Vanity Fair of the take-home pay earned by the hypothetical cast and crew (excluding non-human costs, and based on average union rates) of a hypothetical 200 million dollar Hollywood movie. To wit:
Moviemaking is an art, of course—but it’s also a business, and a lucrative one at that. How lucrative? Well, that depends on your place in the pecking order. Let’s just say that if you’re helping to make a $200 million movie, it’s better to be a producer than a dolly grip operator—although as you’ll learn in this video breakdown of who’s earning what, based on average union rates, even the gaffer makes out pretty well.
Outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street Upper.
Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors hold a protest over pay.
Dearbhail McDonald tweetz:
‘We need the bibs back, keep the T-shirts for another day,’ says one of the organisers of Garda protest outside the Dáil.
Meanwhile, around the front of the Dáil…
— Mick Caul(#not1pipe) (@caulmick) May 17, 2016
Irish Water protesters demonstrate outside the Dáil on Kildare Street.
Previously: Nothing To Say Here
— Paul Condron (@CondronPhoto) May 17, 2016
Down Cash writes:
I visited a Topaz pump last week and used one of their card operated pumps where you pay at the pump rather than in the store.
When doing this you input a value of fuel you want, insert your pin and then pump. The pump cuts off when your car is full as usual, or pumps until the inputted value of fuel is reached. You are then supposed to be charged for the amount you pumped.
(Note: This was my first time filling this car and at the time I did not know fuel capacity or reserve capacity, my bad).
To my surprise when I looked at my account online two days later both the amount initially inputted (€60) and the pumped amount (€50) had been taken from my account.
On visiting the station they informed me this was to stop thieves with nothing in their account filling and running with no money in their account.
Today I received a reply from Topaz after querying this practice:
“As per our conversation I can confirm that Topaz charged your account for only the petrol dispensed i.e. €50, the €60 that was entered at the pump is being held by your bank and was not processed and should show in your account in 2-3 working days.”
(Note: I was told 4.5 working days for return of the money at the station).
In my account the €60 and €50 are gone from the account. At present I have no access to that €60.
I contacted my bank. They informed me that they’ve never heard of this and that they are not holding any money. The bank say all they can see is 2 transactions that are verified by my pin even though I only verified 1 transaction.
I saw no information that I would lose money for a week and was never informed of this important detail. I have rented cars and you are clearly warned about a hold of money on your account when renting the car, for damage etc reasons.
I thought I’d inform people in case they didn’t know, as I did not.
Further to Renua leader Lucinda Creighton’s comments this morning…
“Renua Ireland says work must pay, except if you work for Lucinda Creighton.”
From Ms Creighton’s website, posted last Thursday, October 1:
“Are you a bright, motivated and energetic self-starter with an interest in politics and public affairs? I am seeking an intern to work in my office in Leinster House, contributing to parliamentary, constituency and political projects and assisting in the day-to-day running of my office… The position is unpaid and will last for an initial duration of three months, starting immediately.”
Mark Stedman (Rollingnews.ie)
— Firas (@FortyCN) October 6, 2015