BECTU is campaigning for productions to decrease hours to improve productivity, safety and work life balance in the film and TV industries.
Following a focus on first aid in June, July sees the campaign shine a light on the dangers of fatigue while driving. Use the news tab to access the latest story and check out the resources below. Please share the links to highlight the very real danger of 'drowsy driving'.
Resources to highlighting the dangers of 'drowsy driving'
- The Human Face of Unsafe Hours' film
- THINK! Road Safety page on fatigue
- 'Hollywood’s Grueling Hours & Drowsy-Driving Problem: Crew Members Speak Out Despite Threat To Careers' Deadline report
BECTU surveyed the industry about working hours, and their effect on productivity, safety and wellbeing. The survey results were present in the union's report 'Eyes Half Shut', which was launched at our BIG Crew event during Union Week in October 2017.
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A campaign shaped by BECTU members
All of BECTU's campaigning is shaped by members, according to their priorities.
Members have been surveyed twice to understand where the campaign focus should be. Individual branches have now been given a report telling them what aspects of long hours affect individual departments of the film and TV industry most. Branches have been invited to work with the union to develop bespoke campaigns for their departments around this theme.
Read the report
Sign the petition
BECTU is calling for all parts of the industry to come together to form a commission dedicated to reducing the industry's reliance on a long-hours working culture. You can sign our petition in support of this demand at http://Bit.ly/eyes-petition
Get involved in branch campaigning
Look out for our branch campaigns throughout 2018 on specific aspects of long-hours working, including:
- Short term physical health risks
- Damage to family
- Physical dangers driving / working with heavy equipment
- Management issues - productivity etc
- Equality - particuarly issues affecting women
- Mental health risks
- Bullying resulting from long hours.
Last page update 5 June 2018.