RTÉ journalists vote on no-redundancy deal
9 December 2008
NUJ members at RTÉ are voting this week on whether to accept a pay freeze as part of a deal to avoid redundancies at the Irish public broadcaster.
A package of measures has been proposed, which includes the postponement of pay increases that would be due for implementation next year. The proposals are being recommended by the Executive of the RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG) as an alternative to redundancies.
In addition, RTÉ has offered to award a one-off special permanent increase in annual salary of €400 to full-time non-management staff earning less than the equivalent of a full-time basic salary of €50,000 per year.
The pay freeze would mean that an increase of 3.5 per cent due in March 2009 will be paid in March 2010, with a further increase of 2.5 per cent due in September 2010.
The TUG, including the NUJ and sister union SIPTU, successfully resisted attempts to freeze payment of increments, which are based on an agreed grading structure.
Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said that the TUG was pleased that the integrity of the pay structure has been retained and welcomed the special provisions for low paid workers. He said:
"We have secured a commitment to the maintenance of quality employment and quality programming. The Executive Board has led by example in taking cuts in remuneration and on this occasion we are satisfied with management's approach, as an alternative to redundancies."