A Special Needs Assistant (SNA) has said she is happy with the terms of the proposed public sector arrangement, but more help is needed in the September budget.
Inda O’Sullivan (33) works in a primary school in Finglas, north Dublin and lives in the area with her teenage daughter and primary school son.
Ms. O’Sullivan has been an SNA and branch member of the Fórsa union for five years.
She believes the unions have reached “the best possible deal” in the negotiations, but said the cost of living crisis cannot be solved by “wage increases alone”.
Ms O’Sullivan described the financial pressures of recent months as unlike anything she “ever experienced before”.
“Gas and electricity have increased significantly by over €100 a month, from €50 each before,” she said.
“Back to school costs, another stress but let down again by the government. They have increased the back-to-school allowance but not the cost of attending public secondary school in Ireland. Grocery shopping is also a big expense.
“All of this is having a significant impact on everyone, but especially single-parent families, and we need to see the Government doing more. So Budget Day is going to be very interesting for a number of reasons.”
Civil servants were offered incremental wage increases of 6.5 percent over the course of 18 months to October 2023.
“It will go some way but it won’t do enough and we hope to see more protection for everyone. Not just for government workers, but for everyone in society,” added Ms O’Sullivan.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/its-going-to-go-some-way-but-its-not-going-to-do-enough-sna-welcomes-proposed-public-sector-pay-hike-but-says-government-needs-to-do-more-41949136.html SNA welcomes proposed public sector pay rise but says government ‘needs to do more’ – ‘It will go some way, but it won’t do enough’