Friday 21 September 2018

Broadcaster to make 'formal offers' to staff who applied for exit scheme

RTE director general Dee Forbes
RTE director general Dee Forbes

Sarah Slater

RTÉ chiefs will be letting staff who applied for the voluntary exit and early retirement schemes know today if they were successful.

The schemes aimed at enticing 300-plus of the national broadcaster's 1,900 staff to leave employment closed more than three weeks ago.

In a statement, RTÉ confirmed that there "has been strong interest" from staff in the voluntary exit and early retirement schemes.

"All applications are currently being reviewed by senior management and the RTÉ executive, with final approval given by the latter," it said.

"Decisions will be based on the dual objective of achieving as many exits as possible to reduce staff costs, while not unduly compromising the delivery of RTÉ's services. Formal offers will be made to approved applicants on Friday."

Approved applicants will have until November 10 to accept their offers. The statement added: "The majority of these will leave the organisation" by the end of this year.

An RTÉ spokesperson would not be drawn on whether well-known household names have applied to leave our TV screens or radio airwaves.

Irish Independent

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