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Save RTÉ campaign launched

18 November 2019

The NUJ has launched a political lobbying campaign aimed at securing government support for RTÉ. It’s the first stage in a union-wide campaign supported by sister unions SIPTU, Connect and by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  

At the union's Irish delegate conference in Dublin, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, unveiled the slogan will be used by all unions in RTÉ to highlight the role played by Ireland’s public service broadcaster. 

"It's Your RTÉ, Save It", and in Irish "Leatsa é RTÉ, Sábháil é", is the slogan intended to drive home the message that RTÉ belongs to the people of Ireland and must be saved in the public interest. 

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"RTÉ workers and the Irish people have been let down by their public representatives and by their employer. Their future is in the hands of a government which has shown no willingness to support public service broadcasting and an employer who expects its staff to carry the can for management failure to present a realistic, strategic plan for the organisation. NUJ members across the UK and Ireland support our colleagues in RTÉ and we salute all the trade unions for their swift response to this crisis. The message of the campaign is simple: public service broadcasting is worth saving. The consequences of a diminished RTÉ would be the diminution of Irish culture in all its rich diversity."

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, said:

"There is a financial crisis in RTÉ and both An Taoiseach and the Minister for Communications, Climate action and Environment, Richard Bruton, must give leadership on this issue. We are seeking cross-party support for RTÉ, and Fianna Fáil has a particular responsibility as party to the confidence and supply agreement with the minority Fine Gael government. We are not looking for a hand-out, merely demanding that the government honour its commitment to public service broadcasting and to the Irish people. As we enter into negotiations with RTÉ I am conscious that, even if every unrealistic cost-reduction plan floated by RTÉ management were implemented, the organisation cannot be saved without state intervention."

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