Seanad staff say they may strike if pay claim isn’t met

Secretarial assistants say pay scale hasn’t been reviewed since 2002

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
29th December, 2019
Seanad staff say they may strike if pay claim isn’t met
A motion signed by every member of the Seanad called on Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe to approve a new salary scale and improved conditions ahead of the next Seanad election. Picture: Getty

Seanad staff have warned that they may be forced to consider going on strike if their demands for pay increases aren’t met by the government.

Under the current system, TDs are allocated funding to hire a secretarial assistant who helps with administrative work and a parliamentary assistant who helps with drafting legislation, speech writing and research.

However, as senators are only given funding to hire a secretarial assistant, many of those working in...

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