Monday 27 March 2017

RTE looks to shed more than 70 staff

RTE WILL shed more than 70 staff if enough show an interest in taking a generous redundancy package on offer.

The Irish Independent has learnt that RTE bosses are drawing up plans to allow for further job cuts.

Workers are to be offered a one-off payment of up to €60,000 on top of their pensions as part of the deal. The minimum payment has been set at €6,000.

Those availing of the package will receive up to six weeks' pay per year of service, capped at 130 weeks.

The station is looking for 70 people to take either early retirement and redundancy or voluntary severance.

But contingency plans are in place to deal with additional redundancies if a greater number of workers apply to take part in the scheme.

The redundancy payments will cost RTE a total of €10m but will reduce the broadcaster's annual payroll by €5m.

Staff have less than three months to decide whether to accept the package.

All the payments are to be calculated on salary scales that applied before pay cuts introduced in June 2009.

Irish Independent

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