RTÉ salaries and self-employment need more scrutiny – David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD, today called on RTÉ to bring clarity to the issue of bogus self-employment within the organisation, adding that the way those on the lower scales are treated is in sharp contrast to the reported salaries and remuneration of its presenters.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“It appears that there is a two-tier employment structure in RTÉ.
“There have been reports of people in bogus self-employment in RTÉ while at the same time we have presenters on hundreds of thousands of euro each year.
“RTÉ wrote to the PAC last week in an attempt to clarify the issue, but in reality it only raised more questions than answers.
“As I said last week in the committee, here is RTÉ’s review of management practices? Where is the review of HR practices?
“We know that at least 157 people found themselves on self-employed contracts. Even one of the RTÉ presenters who had been speaking to staff said these people were not given a choice.
“They found themselves on these contracts and not because they wanted them.
“This is not about putting the responsibility back on the 157 individuals.
“The question is why were they put in that position. Was it a management practice by RTÉ? Are HR issues raised here?
“I acknowledge the clarity that RTÉ has brought today in relation to the payment of its top presenters, but I will be looking for the same candour when we return to the issue of bogus self-employment.”