RTE staff agree to €1m cuts for pay hike...but stars won't be hit
PLANS by RTE to cut its staff costs by €1m a year have received the backing of workers at the national broadcaster.
It means that employees earning in excess of €40,000 will lose two days' pay and up to a day's holiday in 2012.
Those affected by the changes will be required to take two days unpaid leave over the next 12 months.
In addition, workers with 23 or more days' annual leave will lose a day out of their holidays, while staff members with up to 22 days will lose half a day.
Employees backed the changes in a ballot of members of the Trade Union Group following a recommendation by an internal industrial relations tribunal.
Up to 900 workers will be hit by the cost-cutting plans.
However, the changes will not have any effect on high-profile RTE stars like Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy who are employed as contract workers.
The tribunal recommended the pay cuts should be evenly spread throughout this year.
The measures were proposed after the broadcaster agreed to wage hikes agreed under pay deals.
However, it insisted the increments would only be forthcoming if they were cost neutral, meaning savings in other areas would have to be found.
Hundreds of staff were seeking increases totalling €850,000.
The majority of the affected employees work in the areas of lighting, camera and sound.
RTE recently approved measures to make way for 186 staff to leave as it seeks to slash €10m from its payroll costs.