Cathal Goan appeared at the Joint Commission of on Communications, Energy, and National Resources to discuss RTÉ’s financial position. RTÉ faces a €68 million shortfall for the 2009 figures, but Goan denies that the station is close to bankruptcy.
In RTÉ, 249 employees pull in €12 million each year, 148 of whom earn more than €100K, The Irish Independent reports. There is a push to curb the salaries of high paying individuals in RTÉ as Goan is looking for more pay cuts from his staff. The Labour TD, Liz McManus suggested that RTÉ should follow BBC’s Director General, Mark Thompson’s suit in curtailing top presenters wages by 25% to 40%.
RTÉ’s unionised employees represent half of the Dublin 4 company and are members of NUJ and SIPTU balloted on pay cuts proposed that would see staff who earn less than €25,000 take a 2.6% cut, and those who earn in excess of €255,000 take a 12.5 reduction in their salary. The members accepted the paycuts by a margin of 57.4 to 43.3%. These cuts, according to The Irish Times (17th June 2009) are voluntary which may protract this saga further due to the procrastinated episodes with a few of their stars.
Mary Curtin, Trade Union Group secretary warned management that the strong no vote resulted from ‘high executive pay and remuneration’ and ‘extravagant bonus system’ at RTÉ. NUJ secretary, Séamus Dooley suggested that the yes voters were a reluctant yes.