RTE staff to ballot on proposed leave cuts
UP to 600 RTE staff will lose two days' pay and one day's holiday leave under new plans to save €1m.
Staff will now ballot on the proposals that have been put forward by an in-house tribunal.
The €1m saving has to be found to compensate the station for agreeing to resume paying wage increments that were suspended earlier this year. It only did this on the understanding that equal savings would be found through other cuts.
But the new unpaid leave proposals will only apply to up to 600 workers whose increments are being paid again, and not to those on €40,000 a year.
Staff on annual wages of €40,000 or above will have to take two days of unpaid leave in the next 12 months.
In addition, those entitled to less than 23 days leave a year will lose half a day and those with 23 days or more will lose a full day's holiday.
Sources at the station had mixed views last night about whether the proposals would get through.