Tuesday 17 October 2017

Staff show 'significant interest' in exit schemes offered by RTÉ

Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ, which is looking to cut up to 300 jobs. Photo: David Conachy
Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ, which is looking to cut up to 300 jobs. Photo: David Conachy

Sarah Slater

RTÉ has reportedly received "significant interest" from staff for the voluntary exit and early retirement schemes.

The schemes, which aim to cut up to 300 jobs, are expected to cost the national broadcaster at least €25m in severance pay and target two divisions of employees in terms of length of service.

Sources within the national broadcaster say there has been "significant interest" by staff in the restructuring and how it will affect the more than 1,900 staff.

Management sources say there are "a lot of employees asking numerous questions and seriously considering their futures".

October 10 is the confirmed deadline, according to an RTÉ spokesperson.

The source added: "Similar to such schemes in the past, there will probably be the last minute applications as the deadline looms in October."

The schemes were announced five weeks ago following a meeting between staff, management and director general Dee Forbes.

Staff from all departments within RTÉ are being targeted in the latest round of cutbacks, with those over 55 and primarily permanent employees across operations divisions being seen as most likely to take up the schemes.

Those who have been employed by RTÉ for more than 10 years are being offered four weeks of pay per year of service, along with two weeks' pay of statutory redundancy capped at two years of salary.

Staff who have worked up to 10 years are being offered two weeks of pay per year along with the statutory entitlement.

Irish Independent

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