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Thursday 22 November 2018

'We won't recognise unions', vows TV3 as staff protest

TV3 employees protest outside TV3 studios in Ballymount
TV3 employees protest outside TV3 studios in Ballymount

Management at broadcaster TV3 has no plans to negotiate with trade unions despite protests from its employees calling for it to do so.

Dozens of members of the station's operations staff, including camera, lighting and editing personnel, held a protest outside the studio in Ballymount yesterday calling for union recognition.

However, a spokesperson for TV3 told the Herald it will not agree to their requests.

Siptu organiser Graham Macken said while Virgin Media, which acquired TV3 in 2015, recognises trade unions, the board of TV3 has refused to do so.

"The board has always refused to deal with unions. It doesn't deal with us, it doesn't deal with the NUJ (National Union of Journalists). We are out here to encourage them to come to the table," said Mr Macken.

He added that if the management refused the request, staff would continue to protest.

He said they weren't ruling out the possibility of industrial action.

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Yesterday's demonstration was described as a "peaceful protest". Staff did not down tools at the station and were protesting in their own time.

Some of those at the protest were on annual leave.

There are around 60 operations staff at the company.

TV3 said it preferred to engage with individual employees, adding: "TV3 is Ireland's leading commercial broadcaster and always aims to support our people to be their very best and to be rewarded accordingly.

"We don't recognise unions in TV3 and have no plans to do so because we believe we can build a more successful TV operation through dealing directly with all our people."

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