Saturday 10 December 2016

Forget pay rises, the unions should be focusing on winning greater job satisfaction for the workers

Stella O'Malley

Published 02/11/2016 | 02:30

A protest by ASTI teachers at the Dáil last month after the announcement of industrial action. Photo: Arthur Carron
A protest by ASTI teachers at the Dáil last month after the announcement of industrial action. Photo: Arthur Carron

Whenever I mention in public that I feel reasonably rich, there is always a swift intake of breath - it is taboo to say such a thing because it comes across as arrogant and smug.

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But just because I feel sufficiently wealthy doesn't mean that I'm a millionaire; I don't have any health insurance, I don't have a pension, I drive a 13-year-old car and I have gone on two holidays in the last 10 years - we went to London last summer and we did a house swap in France about five years ago.

On the other hand, I live in a nice house, in a lovely town, I can afford the luxury of having a cleaner and I enjoy my work, so it is for these reasons that I feel content with my lot.

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