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Plan to restore RTÉ staff pay to levels seen before the recession hit

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

The proposals would involve RTÉ staff on salaries of up to €40,000 having their pay fully restored from December 21
The proposals would involve RTÉ staff on salaries of up to €40,000 having their pay fully restored from December 21

Staff at national broadcaster RTÉ are to get pay rises from December if they accept proposals aimed at bringing their salaries back to pre-recession levels.

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The plan was agreed following months of intense engagement between RTÉ management and trade unions representing staff.

Under the proposals, which are likely to be put to a ballot in the coming weeks, all staff would have their pay restored to pre-cut levels by December 2017.

Staff at the broadcaster agreed to a range of cuts in 2009 as RTÉ struggled to tackle a €67m deficit in its finances.

The proposals would involve staff on salaries of up to €40,000 having their pay fully restored from December 21.

Staff employed at the time of the pay cuts who were earning salaries in excess of €40,000 will have their pay restored on a phased basis.

This involves the restoration of 15pc of the cut on December 21. A further 42.5pc would be restored on December 19, 2016, while additional tranches of 21.25pc each would be restored on June 30, 2017 and December 18, 2017.

Details of the proposals were sent to staff via email earlier this week. The deal was thrashed out in RTÉ 's internal industrial relations tribunal, which is used to settle disputes at the broadcaster.

It also involved a financial review undertaken by consultancy firm Mazars.

Concern

The briefing document stated that it could not have been envisioned in 2009 that the voluntary pay cuts, which averaged around 6pc, would still be in place now.

It said a "phasing mechanism" for restoring pay was proposed "in order to avoid any adverse effects" to the financial recovery of the broadcaster.

Staff were told RTÉ 's finances still remained "a matter of some concern".

"Although improved, the future of broadcasting operations across all platforms and services, including radio and television, continues to be challenged from existing and new competitors, technological advances, and the increasing effects of social media," the briefing said.

Irish Independent

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