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Unions condemn RTE's decision to cut young people's department

25 November 2016

The RTÉ Group of Unions has called on the organisation to withdraw the unilateral decision to close the Young People's Department.

It released a statement saying the group rejected the proposition that this is a legitimate or necessary strategy and described it as an attack on the fundamental principle of public service broadcasting. Robert Shortt represents the NUJ on the group.

Shirley Bradshaw, chair of the group said:

"When RTÉ announced this decision it came as a bold out of the blue without consultation with trade unions. There is no justification for the manner in which this decision was taken and the cavalier attitude to unions and staff only compounds the bad decision.”

The group requested an urgent meeting with senior management of RTE. Following that meeting the TUG and its affiliate unions will consider all options.

According to a report in the Irish Times an estimated 15 people, presenters, researchers, programme assistants and puppeteers, are set to have their contracts terminated in the weeks before Christmas. Eleven staff will be redeployed and eight will remain to carry out residual functions, such as commissioning, promotion and post-production.

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