The RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG) has reported some progress in negotiations with management regarding the proposed closure of the Young Peoples Department, following a full day of talks which concluded this evening (Friday, 25th November). SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “RTÉ and TUG met today to discuss RTÉ’s decision to transfer all Young People’s Programming to the Independent Sector. RTÉ accepted that there has been a breach of the ‘Guiding Principles Agreement’ which commit to prior consultation on significant issues.  “It has been agreed that union and management representatives will enter into comprehensive discussions on this matter in line with our agreements. Discussions will conclude no later than 31st January 2017.” She added: “The outcome of the talks today has highlighted the value of workers, through their trade unions, securing collective agreements with an employer. Throughout the forthcoming period of talks we will be ensuring that our members interests are protected and the public service ethos of the station are safeguarded.”