Longford SNAs discuss issues

Breda Rogan and Anne Keenan of Colehill NS at the SNAs meeting. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
A range of current industrial relations issues facing Longford SNAs (Special Needs Assistants) were discussed in the Longford Arms Hotel last week.

A range of current industrial relations issues facing Longford SNAs (Special Needs Assistants) were discussed in the Longford Arms Hotel last week.

Niall Shanahan, IMPACT trade union, explained: “Wednesday’s meeting covered a wide range of issues including SNA working hours, issues arising from the Haddington Road agreement, the SNA reassignment panel (which, like the teaching panel, facilitates the placement of SNAs to new posts rather than face redundancy. This is a new development). The meeting also looked at changes to maternity leave arrangements and the issue of job sharing, which currently does not exist for SNAs.”

The meeting was facilitated by branch executive members Patricia Fanning, Claire Keaveney, Siobhan Leonard, Breda Rogan and organiser for North Leinster Deirdre O’Connell.

Nationally there are about 6,000 SNA members and Mr Shanahan revealed the network of SNAs around Longford continues to grow.