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RTÉ unions vote for industrial action

2 May 2008

Trade union members at Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in pursuit of a fair and equitable pension for all staff.

NUJ members at the Irish public service broadcasting organisation turned out in large numbers as part of the cross-union campaign against two-tier pensions.

In the ballot, 85 per cent of workers voted in favour of industrial action.

Mary Curtin, the secretary of the RTÉ Trade Union Group, welcomed the outcome as a vindication of the stand taken by the unions.

Mary Curtin, who is also a member of the NUJ's Irish Executive Council, said:

"This vote sends a clear signal to RTÉ management that workers will no longer tolerate a system of pension apartheid and that they are prepared to take the strongest action necessary in support of their demands for justice.
"In the coming days the TUG executive will be considering strategic options and RTÉ's management would do well to reflect on the outcome of the ballot and the consequences of industrial action."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, congratulated the Dublin Broadcasting branch and the chapels at RTÉ, Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish language TV station TG4 for their magnificent support.

He said:

"It is clear from the figures that NUJ members voted 10 to one in favour of industrial action. This is a powerful statement at a time when the NUJ is putting pensions at the top of our agenda."

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