The union had already filed a formal request to remove the requirement for NNS to work 72 hours of overtime per year. The forum will discuss ways to ensure that the 72-hour requirement is properly applied across the industry. Negotiations will continue before the forum`s next meeting in December on how to ensure that hours are used and allocated correctly. While my department has published Circular 71/2011 on Croke Park Hours for NNS (a link is given below), it does not participate in local government, as schools (as employers) arrange for the provision of hours by their employees (including NNS). However, item 9 of annex 1 to the present circular contains possible examples (not an exhaustive list) of the type of work that SNA may carry out at Croke Park to meet its hourly obligations. This standard contract has been designed to be flexible to meet the diversity of working hours in all schools, including primary, secondary and special schools. No fixed time has been agreed, but full-time NSAs are expected to work for normal school hours in the school where they work and be available for an additional period before and after school, in order to assist in the reception and distribution of children and the preparation and cleaning of classrooms, etc. These schedules are set on site by the school management and vary from one school to another according to the requirements of the school. « We need to find a mechanism to ensure that the use of hours in schools can be monitored without a single whistleblower having to report abuse, » said Andy, who also promised that Fórsa would seek to remove the 72 hours from the next round of national wage negotiations. These are expected to take place in the first half of 2020. The position on NNS working time is that there is no national working time for full-time NSNs.

In this context, the contractual position on the working time of the NSAs is defined in their employment contracts, which were agreed with the relevant management authorities and unions of the SNAS (FÓRSA and SIPTU) before their establishment in 2005. The working week of NNS is defined as follows in paragraph 2.5 of their contract: « They must work normal teaching hours, including teaching breaks, and participate in addition before and after school to assist in the preparation and cleaning of classrooms, the reception and distribution of children, etc. The working time will normally be from [xxxx] to [xxxx] every day during the semester period. » 247. MP Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister of Education and Qualifications about the conditions of primary and secondary education of the ANS; the work schedules set in one year for the two cohorts; how the secondary education NSA requirements for work during the summer months operate; whether the deviation that a school may have from the timetables of an ANS, in particular in secondary education, has been highlighted; whether it was recalled that NNSs work about 100 hours more per year in secondary schools than NNS in primary schools; and if he will make a statement on it. . . .