the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

Some representatives on our Black Members' Committee (l-r) Riaz Meer, Winston Phillips, Ngozi Ugochukwu, Faisal Qureshi and Avril Evans

The Black Members' Committee is at the forefront of BECTU’s campaign to fight racism in the film, broadcasting and theatre industries.

The committee recognises that workforce diversity in the industry has reached crisis point.  Employment policy in recent years has led to a diminution of workers’ rights, especially within the freelance sector, and the result of this has seen the growth of institutional racism amongst employers.

Be part of this activity

One of the committee’s roles is to act as a forum where workers can raise any concerns they may have about racism in the industry (overt and institutional), and do so in a secure and supportive environment. We encourage members to contact the committee and get involved in the committee’s campaigning activities.

The Black Members’ Committee comprises representatives from across BECTU’s industrial divisions and it works across BECTU, with close links to the union’s other equalities groups.  It is the committee’s stance that fighting racism can only succeed with the active involvement of all parts of the union.

The committee also works closely with Prospect and the TUC, and fosters close connections with BAME members in our sister unions including Equity, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the NUJ.

Current campaigns

Equality monitoring in the broadcasting industry: demanding that the data from the broadcasters’ monitoring initiative, Diamond, be published at programme level for all productions that have a workforce greater than 50.

Read the BMC's article BAFTA's So White https://www.bectu.org.uk/advice-resources/library/2490  (April 2018).

Theatre Diversity Action Plan – to improve diversity of the UK theatre sector

Hair & Makeup – working with our training dept, our media makeup and hair branch and colleagues in Equity to ensure that professional makeup and hair artists in the industry have the skills and kit to provide the same quality of service to BAME actors as they do for others.

Film industry – to improve diversity amongst feature film crews, arguing for the British Film Institute to publish the equality monitoring data for its publicly funded productions and urging the industry to bring in conversion courses for BAME workers in television with transferable skills.

Move on Up: the committee has organised 10 Move on Up events since 2003 – six in London and four at MediaCity in Salford, bringing top industry executives together for one-to-one meetings with BAME professionals.

To get in touch with the Black Members’ Committee email Janice Turner BECTU's diversity officer.

Last page update 18 July 2018.

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