The Canadian Media Guild has released its initial report on the findings from a survey of TV factual workers. The findings are strikingly similar to the views of UK workers.
BECTU, in consultation with members of the Writers Producers and Directors branch, has drawn up a Factuals Code of Practice. More than 120 employers (and counting) are being encouraged to adopt the code as one step forward in improving conditions for the workforce.
Following a VFX branch steering group meeting on 7 May 2013, here's a summary of key actions for the next phase of the campaign from Gus Baker, organising official.
The union's pay claim for members covered by the TMA/BECTU agreement was submitted in mid-March. Talks should get underway in the next few weeks.
Well over 300 people took part in the VFX Forum held in central London on 3 April. We're at the beginning of a path which we hope will see better conditions for workers in VFX based in the UK coupled with a positive dialogue with industry employers.
BECTU is launching a new campaign to organise workers in VFX - an area of creative media production which is increasingly important to film and commercials.
Since the Say No to Exploitation in TV campaign was launched last October there's no question that it has struck a chord. However are the employers who are at fault more focused on continuing to foster a culture of fear, than they are on addressing the real problems raised by the campaign?
Bectu is the UK's media and entertainment trade union; sectors covered include broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, IT and telecoms, live events, leisure and digital media.