EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT)

Company/Organisation:
Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT)

Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Brussel

Company

Sector: Information / communication
Publishing, audiovisual and broadcasting activities
60.20 - Television programming and broadcasting activities
Number Employed: 2402

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 26-04-2016
Planned Job Reductions min: 220
Planned Job Reductions max: 220
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 26-04-2016
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2020
Planned Job Creation: 50
Direct Dismissals: 60

Additional Information

The newly-elected Flemish regional government announced in September 2014 budget cuts for the regional public broadcaster VRT. Political negotiations and social dialogue resulted in various proposals, with the latest restructuring proposal by VRT rejected by the government in September 2015 as not stringent enough. The current, accepted proposal aims at a reduction of 220 FTE by 2020, with 40-60 direct dismissals and the remainder in the form of voluntary leaves and non-replacement of retirees. Further budget cuts will be realised in the form of internal mergers, outsourcing of supporting services and content creation. There is also the intention to create 50 positions in the digital media branch. The socialist public sector union ACOD is cautiously optimistic about the final agreement, given the stated budget cuts, and stresses that direct dismissals will be minimal thanks to the options of voluntary anticipated retirement or of relocation within the Flemish government structure.