BECTU is at its strongest when members, either through branch activity or as representatives, take part in the union's activities.
Joining BECTU is the first step of course; from there, we encourage members to take part in branch affairs. Branch representatives need the support of their members to do their work effectively.
If you are a BECTU member, come along to meetings and lend a hand to support activity in the workplace. If you are not
Union representatives, who work on behalf of their branch members, pictured at annual conference. Pic: Mark Dimmock.
Invitation to join
Non-members have a standing invitation to find out more about what the union has to offer. Local and workplace recruitment events and public fairs, provide a welcome opportunity for us to meet with future members face to face.
In addition BECTU takes part in key trade events such as BVE, the ABTT Show and PLASA and our officials are regularly invited to speak to students on theatre, film and media courses. The Student Register supports our work with students. New entrants who join within a year of graduation/training save on the cost of membership.
Get active in your branch
Members also have the opportunity to get involved with the running of their branch. Branch representative elections are held annually. Find out more about the role of branches. BECTU's Rule Book covers branches in rules 27, 28 and 29.
Whether you are interested in a formal role as branch secretary or steward, or if you have a specific interest in equality, training or health and safety, BECTU values the contribution of those willing to play an active part.
We are especially keen that our branch representatives should reflect society's make up. Whatever your gender, colour or race, disability, sexual orientiation or religion, we are interested in your views on the industry. Get involved in BECTU and tell us how you think the needs of staff and freelances should be met.
Our training programme for representatives is extensive. Don't forget, too, that a formal union role comes with rights to time off for union duties, including training for those duties.
Last page update 13 December 2013.