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RTE chiefs 'blocked gender pay gap debate'

By Staff Reporter

RTE bosses have been accused of gagging staff who want to talk publicly about the gender pay gap controversy.

During a meeting of RTE National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members yesterday it was claimed that management had refused to give permission to some of its stars to engage with the media about the ongoing debate over pay.

One presenter told the meeting she had been approached by a number of newspapers and asked to comment on the issue but when she asked for authorisation from RTE it was denied.

RTE did not respond to the allegation when asked for comment but Eimear Cusack, director of Human Resources, said the company had engaged Kieran Mulvey, former director general of the Workplace Relations Commission, to provide an independent overview of a review of role and gender equality within the company.

"Based on the review, he will make recommendations as appropriate.

"We will be finalising the terms of reference of the review over the coming days," she added.

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