the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

BECTU's involvement with cinema dates back to the start of cinema exhibition in the UK.

 Salted and sweet popcorn on display in a cinema foyerBECTU helps its cinema members with a range of workplace issues. Pic: Stefano Cagnoni

The union has tracked developments in the sector through numerous mergers, the arrival of the multi-screen and changes to independent exhibition.

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All change

Technical and front of house staff have experienced major changes. Digital projection has caused radical changes to the projectionist's role which has now evolved into one of general technical support. Emphasis on customer service, sales strategy and the need for diverse programming have all impacted on front of house roles; high turnover and casualisation have not lessened BECTU's commitment to supporting these staff.

Union assistance

The union continues to provide collective bargaining support  where recognition is in place and one-to-one backing for all members, including a raft of legal services. Find out more about Benefits & Services.

Union campaigns

In January 2014, the union signed a collective bargaining agreement with Curzon Cinemas. Also in 2014, the Brixton Ritzy's long-running campaign for the London Living Wage went national, highlighting the fundamental injustices faced by low-paid workers at the Picturehouse group and beyond.   

Last page update 27 October 2014.