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SNA contract issues
Incremental progression
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Women concerned about ‘glass ceiling’ on promotions - report
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Zero hour ban comes into force
by Mark Dowd
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Youth-developed children’s website launched
by Mark Dowd
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Delegates back women-only mentoring
by Hazel Gavigan
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Thousands march again for housing action
by Hazel Gavigan
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Union seeks enhanced school completion status
by Bernard Harbor
 

Staff working in the school completion programme (SCP) should be transferred to education training boards (ETB) or the child and family agency Tusla to underpin governance and give national leadership to the service, according to Fórsa.

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Education centre staff conditions raised
by Bernard Harbor
 

Fórsa has repeated its call for a common set of pay and conditions for staff working in education centres. In a recent submission to an Oireachtas education committee investigation into issues affecting non-teaching education staff, the union said the workers were employed on a range of salary scales and were not treated as public servants despite providing “key services to public servants.”

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An SNA’s place is on the board
by Bernard Harbor
 

Special needs assistants (SNAs) should be allowed to serve on school management boards alongside their teaching colleagues, according to Fórsa. The union has criticised current legal arrangements that allow the election of teachers and community representatives to boards, but leave out other school staff.

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Range of school secretary duties highlighted
by Niall Shanahan
 

Fórsa has highlighted the very wide range of duties carried out by school secretaries in a submission to an Oireachtas education committee investigation into issues affecting non-teaching education staff. 

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Pay deal assumptions need review
by Bernard Harbor
 

The underlying assumptions of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) need to be reviewed to take account of lost spending power, recent and projected growth rates, and pay movements in the wider economy, according to Fórsa. 

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Minister to launch Fórsa’s disability network
by Hazel Gavigan
 

Disability rights minister Finian McGrath will help launch Fórsa’s new Disability Rights Network in the union’s office at Nerney’s Court, Dublin on Saturday 6th April.

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Working lone parent poverty doubles
by Hazel Gavigan
 

Poverty among working lone parents has more than doubled in five years, according to a new study by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

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