NUJ bid to clarify RTÉ contracts
12 December 2018
The NUJ is to seek a meeting with RTÉ management to discuss concerns raised by members employed in RTÉ news about the practice of offering five-year, fixed-term contracts for the posts of special correspondents in news and current affairs.
The current arrangement was introduced in 2012. Correspondents are appointed on a five-year basis and may reapply for their post. If unsuccessful, they revert to their previous general post.
In February this year, the newsroom chapel unanimously passed a motion instructing the officers "to convey unhappiness with the [fixed term] arrangements and to enter into negotiations in order to reach an agreement that will address these concerns and will form the basis for the appointment of correspondent posts from now on". The chapel is still waiting for a meeting.
Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary said:
"The current arrangements were put in place in 2012. They were the outcome of discussions based on proposals which management believed would lead to enhanced career progression. The newsroom chapel is unhappy with the process and wishes to have it reviewed.
"It is important to note that these concerns were expressed in February 2018. They were unrelated to any specific post or individual, rather they reflected a widespread view that newly appointed correspondents should not be treated differently to longer-standing colleagues or have different terms and conditions to other editorial colleagues. As Irish secretary, I have now been asked to seek a meeting with management to expedite a review of the current arrangements."