School secretaries face 5% pay-cut

There's some bad news today for around 17,000 low paid school secretaries and non-teaching staff.

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan says he will not be reversing a five percent pay cut to their wages, implemented in January.

Around 500 secretaries belonging to the IMPACT trade union have already voted to take industrial action over the pay cut - although it's thought this action will not affect students.

Kathleen O Doherty is a school secretary in Letterkenny, and she says it's a new government, but the same old policies: