Wednesday 22 February 2017

RTÉ union demand reversal of decision to shut Young People's department

Published 24/11/2016 | 17:46

A union representing workers at RTÉ has demanded the state broadcaster reverse its decision to close the Young People's Department

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On Wednesday evening Independent.ie revealed that the unit was outsourcing all of it’s young peoples TV programming to the independent sector amid a “challenging financial environment.

The decision will affect all staff on a freelance contract who will essentially need to reapply to the companies who take up the relevant programmes.

Kids programming on RTE2 and RTE Junior is currently sourced from a mix, animation, in-house and from external production companies.

Responding to the decision The RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG) has this evening called on the public broadcaster to withdraw its unilateral decision.

The TUG said it 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.

TUG Chair, Shirley Bradshaw, said: “RTÉ announced this decision last night. It came as a bolt out of the blue and was made without any consultation with trade unions. There is no justification for the manner in which this decision was taken and this cavalier attitude to unions and staff only compounds the bad decision.”

The TUG has requested an urgent meeting with the senior management of RTÉ.

This meeting has now been scheduled to take place on Friday morning. Following the meeting the TUG and its affiliate unions will consider their options.

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