Monday 22 January 2018

Unions call for clarity on cuts as RTE seeks to tackle €25m deficit reporters

TRADE unions have called on RTE to outline how it plans to tackle the projected €25m deficit expected at the broadcaster this year.

It is planning to cut personnel costs by €15m as part of the restructuring – or the equivalent of losing 200 staff with another €10m coming from non-staff costs.

However, it is understood that the €15m cut would not necessarily mean the loss of 200 staff as management is looking at other ways to make savings including allowance cuts and fewer contractors.

The overall cost of restructuring is estimated at €37m and a current redundancy scheme closes on June 15.

According to RTE reports, it is estimated that 170 staff have expressed interest in the scheme, with 30 applications so far with more applications expected.

RTE also wants to open negotiations on new work practices, efficiencies in administration and other reforms.

RTÉ's annual budget is about €350m - and a cut of €25m would mean a reduction of up to 8pc.

RTÉ Trade Union Group chairperson Mary Curtin said she was disappointed at the lack of detail presented by the management side.

More details on the cuts are expected next week.

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