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When new members join BECTU they are assigned to a branch of the union. Branches are specific either to an employer, to a workplace, to a geographic area, to an industry group or to a skills grouping.

Branches are key to decision-making

The branch is the most important democratic unit within the union. It is the place where members meet to discuss their concerns and where key decisions are taken about policy in relation to the employer, to industry matters or indeed to BECTU itself.

Branch members elect their officers -  shop stewards, union representatives or committee members - to carry out work on behalf of the branch both directly with the employer and with other parts of the union. Each branch is a member of a Division of BECTU, which serves as an industrial group.

Every branch is entitled to send a delegate to the union's annual conference; the size of a branch's delegation depends on the number of its members. Like so many other aspects of the union's activity, branch affairs are governed by the union's rulebook which exists not as a straightjacket, but as a guide to understanding the union and its operations.

Branch web pages

Branches bring members together "in the flesh" but they also have the opportunity, using the facilities available on this site, to boost their local organisation by making information available around the clock via their own web pages.

When logged in BECTU members will be able to view their own and other branch pages here. Branch web pages are a new facility which branches are expected to take up over time. Branch web pages are edited by a branch official(s).

Are you new to BECTU?  

If you are new to BECTU and do not know how to make contact with your branch official(s) contact BECTU head office with your details and we will put you in touch.


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Recently updated branches

Following a reorganisation the Production General branch brings together members previously in the BFI Headquarters, Decca, Ealing Studios, EMI, Production Department, Production Service, Reuters, Transport and Education and Training branches. These pages will be edited when the branch has appointed its officers.
The Production General Branch has not organised any meetings for the past two years and is effectively dormant.
However the branch has over 500 members.
Would you be prepared to take a more active part in the branch possibly serving on a branch committee?
If we reactivate the branch we will be able to take a more active part in BECTU, for example nominating delegates to Annual Conference.
If you are interested please contact me
Stephen Kelly
mobile phone: 075000 15424
The Special Effects branch represents special effects professionals working in film and television production.

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