Tuesday 21 November 2017

Data issues restricting Mulvey's review into pay at RTÉ

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes. Photo: David Conachy
RTÉ director general Dee Forbes. Photo: David Conachy
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The head of the review into pay and equality at RTÉ has been told he cannot examine the salaries of the station's top stars due to privacy and data protection rules.

The Irish Independent revealed last week that the review itself will only include those on "permanent and fixed-term" contracts and will exclude the six-figure salaries paid to RTÉ's high-profile presenters.

RTÉ sources say the review is therefore "flawed" and that the terms of reference should be altered to include those not on fixed-term contracts, such as presenters Ryan Tubridy, Miriam O'Callaghan and Marian Finucane.

A similar review being conducted by the BBC does include payments made to the broadcaster's top stars.

However, a well-placed source last night told this newspaper Kieran Mulvey cannot alter the terms of the review due to issues over privacy and data protection.

The same source said doing so would also take too long, with Mr Mulvey due to present his review to the director general of RTÉ, Dee Forbes, by the end of September.

The tensions within RTÉ about the issues of pay and gender equality re-erupted last week after the terms of reference were published.

A motion adopted by trade union members expressed its "disappointment" that the review into issues such as gender, pay and equality was being carried out without an input from staff.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) also hit out at claims that broadcasters attached to the station's digital radio channels are carrying out work "for free".

Staff accused management of allowing a "casual 'back door' entrance for RTÉ employment" and said failure to properly remunerate staff for work on digital radio "runs counter to RTÉ's equal opportunity employer policies".

The NUJ also agreed a motion condemning the use of zero-hour contracts.

Irish Independent

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