String quartet's paycut is unfair
Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00
RTE's performing groups, like so many others, have accepted the inevitability of pay cuts. In the case of its two orchestras and two choirs, these have been of the order of 5pc.
However, is it not grossly unfair that the fifth group, the four members of the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, are to have their -- presumably modest -- stipend reduced by no less than 40pc?
This, combined with a reduction of the contract offered to the quartet from three years to just one, seems to me to be tantamount to constructive dismissal.