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.
Recently updated branches
- ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
- NATIONAL VISUAL ARTISTS
The National Visual Artists Branch represents practitioners in the UK who work across the spectrum of fine arts • visual arts. As a Trade Union we represent the economic and social well being of painters, sculptors, time based works artists, site specific installation artists, or any one who works as a 'fine artist' regardless of medium. BECTU collectively organises to achieve "artist-author" rights throughout the UK, EU and Internationally. We work alongside other Trade Unions who represent workers from the Creative Industries: universities, museums, galleries, art centres, local government and freelancers.
All artists are welcome to join BECTU's National Visual Artists Branch (NVAB) to participate in achieving our rights and to campaign on things that matter to everyone working in the creative industries.
- SCOTTISH FREELANCE (S)
- Represents all freelance members working in film, TV, radio and computer games in Scotland, including permanently employed staff working in independent production and at some colleges and universities.
- WEST MIDLANDS THEATRE
- NORTH WEST