Wednesday 16 October 2019

Union demands talks with RTÉ over fixed-term contracts

Martina Fitzgerald
Martina Fitzgerald
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

The National Union of Journalists is seeking an urgent meeting with RTÉ management to discuss the contract arrangement at the centre of the decision to replace Martina Fitzgerald as a political correspondent this week.

There was controversy over the station's decision not to renew Ms Fitzgerald's five-year contract, which came to an end this month.

The broadcaster confirmed she is the first correspondent who has not had her contract renewed after five years.

It has now emerged RTÉ union members raised concern with management in February over the five-year, fixed-term contracts for special correspondents. The demand for a meeting with management is not directly related to Ms Fitzgerald's situation.

An RTÉ spokesperson said: "RTÉ agreed to fixed-term correspondency appointment changes originally proposed by its own staff members in 2012 which would allow for greater promotional opportunities."

Irish Independent

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