RTÉ have announced today that between 50 and 60 jobs will be axed due to the companies current undesirable “financial situation”. RTÉ management informed unions this morning that voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes were being prepared.
The terms of both redundancy programmes will be discussed further with the RTÉ Trade Unions Group at ameeting this March 23.
RTÉ also announced that they are seeking to continue current pay reductions, and the suspension of pay increases for one year,
“In the context of pay, the company confirmed that it is seeking a continuation of the current pay reduction, alongside a suspension of increments for a 12-month period.
“Management and the TUG have agreed to refer the non-payment of increments as a matter of dispute to the conciliation process of the IRT (Industrial Relations Tribunal).”
It’s unclear whether redundancies will be sought in particular areas of the organisation, or if such redundancies will impact detrimentally on the quality of service that the national broadcaster provides.