the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

Each branch of BECTU belongs to one of six main divisions, which lead on industrial strategy for the branches they represent.

The divisions are: Arts and Entertainment; BBC; Communications and Digital; Independent Broadcasting; London Production, and Regional Production.

Divisional representatives meet regularly to discuss developments and policy, and they often make recommendations to BECTU’s SEC on the direction their division and the sector should take. The SEC frequently consults divisions about developments within the sector and the wider union.

Members in the Communications and Digital division will also find information relevant to their industry on the Prospect website.

Division list

Arts and Entertainment

BECTU’s Arts and Entertainment division represents staff, contractors and freelancers working in theatre and culture – including West End theatres; UK regional theatres; national theatre houses; arts centres; live events; music venues, and cinemas.

BECTU is recognised by some of the UK’s leading venues, such as the BFI; the National Theatre; the RSC, and Curzon Cinemas, and has worked with members to secure pay, terms and working conditions for members across the country.

The Arts and Entertainment division’s work on behalf of members include securing an improved West End Theatres agreement; negotiating pay rises in UK theatres; fighting for an end to bullying in the arts and entertainment industry, and supporting campaigns for the Living Wage across the industry.

Further information for BECTU members in the Arts and Entertainment division can be found on the members’ only pages.

BBC

BECTU represents the interests of members working for the BBC, its commercial subsidiaries and many of the BBC’s service partners.

These service partners include companies such as ATOs, Ericsson (Red Bee Media), S&PP Ltd, Immediate Media, and Phoenix IT, as well as contractors such as Interserve, Servest and First Security Guards. In addition, we provide a voice for freelancers who work for the BBC.

BECTU’s work on behalf of BBC members has included campaigning for an end to the gender pay gap and working hard to achieve better terms and conditions for workers - this work is ongoing and having a strong membership base means we can reflect your views.

At a national level BECTU negotiates with the BBC on pay, terms and conditions, restructures, business transfers and other major issues, which is particularly relevant at this time of ongoing savings the BBC must deliver.

BECTU’s team of reps work tirelessly to support members at a local level too, dealing with local change and ensuring national policy is delivered locally.

We also influence decision makers outside of the company. For example, BECTU is leading calls for new future funding arrangements for the organisation to safeguard BBC workers amid shrinking budgets, and believes the government should stop passing the buck for subsidising free TV licences for over-75s.

Communications and Digital

BECTU’s Communications and Digital division represents staff, contractors and freelancers working in the communications and digital industries. The largest employer in this area is BT and the union is extremely well organised in this business, with a network of representatives across the UK. The union also has a significant number of members in other companies, including Telefonica, Capita and Vodafone.

The union is extremely active in BT and in many of the other companies within the division. We are the recognised voice of managers and professionals working in the telecommunication and digital sector and have made many gains on pay and terms and conditions through our negotiations with employers.

It is proposed in 2019 to establish two separate divisions in this area, one covering BT with the other containing the non-BT companies. This will enable the union to give even greater focus to gaining improvements for members in the different businesses that make up the sector.

Independent Broadcasting

BECTU’s Independent Broadcasting division represents members working as staff, contractors or freelance at independent broadcasting organisations such as ITV; Channel 4; commercial radio; independent television studios; Sky, and cable and satellite providers.

The division has recently been campaigning hard to boost membership and hold employers to account at Sky, including following the takeover of the company by broadcasting giant Comcast.

London Production

BECTU’s London Production Division (LPD) represents members in London and the south east working across a range of specialist areas. Its dedicated branches include: freelance; craft; facility houses; grant-aided workshops; independent production companies; educational technology; animation and film studios; film and television background artistes; film laboratories, and audio/non-broadcast duplication.

Work on behalf of these members includes the flagship #EyesHalfShut campaign – which raises awareness of the damaging impact of excessive working hours in creative industries.

The London Production Division also organises skills training courses, networking events and activities, as well as campaigning for better freelance rates and terms and conditions. Its practical support for members includes advice on negotiating terms and the Standing Up guide to tackling bullying in the workplace.

Regional Production

BECTU’s Regional Production Division (RPD) represents members in regional hubs across the UK, not including London and the south east.

RPD represents staff and a growing number of freelance workers in broadcasting as well as other creative industries.

Work on behalf of these members includes the flagship #EyesHalfShut campaign – which raises awareness of the damaging impact of excessive working hours in creative industries.

RPD organises skills training courses, networking events and activities for members, as well as campaigning for better freelance rates and terms and conditions. Practical support for members includes advice on negotiating terms and the Standing Up guide to tackling bullying in the workplace.

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