News archives 2001

News headlines in chronological order

January 2001 to December 2001

December 2001

London theatre members could take action after rejecting a 1.6% pay offer.

Film and TV production continues as producers sign Equity contracts.

Women's Organising for Growth is a new course for BECTU women Representatives.

Technical and support staff in BBC Radio Resources will rejoin Production next April.

A pay claim for cinema technicians has been settled by a 2.5% offer.

ITN has accepted 75 voluntary redundancy applications resulting from a new ITV contract.

BECTU theatre members have voted to accept a 2.5% rise in Leicester.

Union members at broadcaster CBC have called for help after being locked out.

A proposed coalition to save terrestrial DTV has been welcomed.

Film and TV directors on English language productions have begun regular meetings.

BECTU has accused the BBC of ignoring new holiday rights for freelancers.

November 2001

More than 400 jobs are at risk in Granada's ITV empire.

Unions are canvassing members' views on "unacceptable" changes in BBC pensions.

ITV's news provider is looking for job cuts after its contract was renewed.

BECTU has urged the Culture Minister to reconsider a new BBC company.

Strike action has been cancelled at the RSC's London base.

ITN unions will not accept cuts in quality or jobs as a result of a new ITV contract.

BECTU is challenging BBC plans to cut pension rights of redundant staff.

The ITC has said that there will be no slide in ITV's regional obligations.

Members at the Royal Shakespeare's London base have voted for industrial action.

Members have rejected the proposed spin-off of the BBC's Broadcast and Presentation department.

Skillset has launched a freelance health and safety training campaign.

BECTU is supporting the London Media Careers Information Day on 19 November.

BECTU members working in regional theatres have voted against a pay offer.

BECTU has spoken out against 129 planned redundancies among BBC programme-makers.

October 2001

Equity members are refusing to accept new contracts for UK films from 1 December 2001.

West End theatre housekeeping staff keep their jobs after BECTU opposition to contracting out.

ITV Unions are seeking urgent talks with Granada on a proposed wage freeze.

BECTU has a vacancy for a Secretary starting in 2002 on a fixed term basis.

Proposals have been made to close the Graphic Design department at BBC Birmingham.

Commercials freelances are advised to limit working time in a travel time dispute.

New holiday rights won by BECTU at the European Court start on 25 October.

BECTU's conference in 2002 will cover rules revision as well as policy.

September 2001

BECTU has organised a Learning Representative training seminar.

To mark European Health and Safety Week the BBC is offering free courses.

ITV Unions have pledged to defend ITV from job cuts in the light of an advertising revenue slump.

Proposals have been made to change BBC Resources Ltd conditions outside of London.

Strikes at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford have been averted.

The BBC's Broadcast and Presentation department is proposed to become a limited company.

The post production and new media sectors are threatened by redundancies.

Technology journalist Barry Fox will be speaking at a BECTU meeting.

Hair and make-up artist Helene Bevan has died.

A planned strike at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford has been cancelled.

The Directors' Alliance has been formed by BECTU, DGGB and DPRS.

BECTU representatives are attending UNI's first World Congress in Berlin.

Freelances cannot be deprived of holiday pay for any untaken leave.

Royal Shakespeare Company members begin a campaign of strike action from 15 September.

BBC Radio is now included in the agreement on the protection of copyright.

Wildlife filmmakers have hit out at programme making on the cheap.

August 2001

BECTU members at the RSC have voted for strike action over redundancies.

An online survey of UK work related issues is to be carried out in early September.

BBC London Operations members have voted to accept new proposals to resolve a long-running dispute.

The Commercials travel dispute has not been resolved at ACAS.

BECTU has urged Tony Blair to defend programme choice and quality on ITV.

A new joint industry grading scheme is proposed involving unions and employers.

July 2001

BECTU has told members to refuse appraisal interviews as soon as they are scheduled.

Carlton Television has honoured a pledge to give contract staff permanent posts.

Members of BECTU and the NUJ have voted to accept this year's pay rise.

A new freephone advice line forms part of a new range of legal services for BECTU members.

BECTU and Skillset's skillsformedia training and careers website has gone live.

BBC Resources members are recommended to accept new proposals to resolve a major dispute.

Unions representing ITV members are to form a new group to met the challenges of the future.

Two important Directives for European Union creators have recently been adopted.

A relocation package linked to the De Luxe Video Distribution move to Enfield has been agreed.

Travel payments under the freelance Commercials Agreement have been referred to ACAS.

A revised expenses policy covering most of the BBC has been accepted in a ballot.

Production problems at animation company Aardman could lead up to 100 redundancies.

BECTU is offering advice and recruiting members at BSkyB's Osterley base.

BBC members have been instructed to boycott annual appraisals from July 9.

BECTU plans a strike ballot after the RSC refused to delay a redundancy trawl.

June 2001

BECTU and NUJ members are voting on an improved pay offer from the BBC.

BECTU has beaten the UK government and won holiday rights for freelancers.

Unions could call strike action after rejecting a BBC pay offer.

Union negotiators have been cleared to continue talks on a 20-month pay offer.

Hundreds of audio-visual employers are participating in an industry-wide survey.

Annual pay talks at the BBC have been adjourned after unions called for a better offer.

BECTU has met with Yorkshire Television to discuss freelance terms and conditions.

De Luxe Video Distribution members are facing major upheaval as the company plans to move.

BECTU's pay claim for theatres outside of London includes £5 per hour minimum pay.

BECTU and the NUJ are urging support for named candidates in a BBC staff vote.

May 2001

BECTU will fight plans for the Royal Shakespeare Company to focus on touring.

BECTU urges all members to vote Labour at the UK General Election.

Unions have tabled the BBC pay claim for 2001 which includes a salary increase of inflation plus £1000.

BECTU is demanding full consultation on 330 job cuts at the satellite broadcaster.

Legal action is planned by the union in support of staff at the bankrupt TV station.

Last month's vote on a new BBC expenses policy is being run again.

The union's annual conference has reaffirmed BECTU's link with Labour.

Hundreds of BECTU branch reps have arrived in Eastbourne for the union's 2001 conference.

Film and TV workers throughout Europe are set to begin social dialogue with bosses.

BECTU members have voted to accept revised expenses rules in a postal ballot.

BECTU is offering members Health & Safety NVQ courses at cut-price rates.

Trouble is brewing over travel payments to union members working on commercials.

April 2001

A deal has been struck over a victimisation row at the Royal Opera House.

BECTU has warned that closer integration of Granada and Carlton TV could lead to job cuts.

The union has been instructed to change its system for electing presidents.

BECTU has suspended a work-to-rule while members vote on a new expenses policy.

Royal Opera House management have referred a victimisation row to ACAS.

Staff in two Northampton theatres have voted for BECTU to represent them.

Major changes have been announced in the BBC's controversial new expenses policy.

Theatre workers in London's West End could strike against changes in terms and conditions.

Members in London Operations are planning breach of contract cases against the BBC.

BECTU members at the ROH have voted to strike in support of a victimised union rep.

BECTU is urging BSkyB members to recruit colleagues in a bid to win union recognition.

Pay strike plans have been shelved after a disappointing vote by Carlton members.

A free careers information and advice day is being held for runners.

New discussions are underway on one of the issues that led to industrial action in BBC Resources.

BECTU has accepted 28 redundancies at HTV - almost all of them voluntary.

March 2001

The work-to-rule over changes in BBC expenses rules is being stepped up.

A meeting on stakeholder pensions is being held for freelance Art Department and Set Crafts members.

BECTU wants Skillset to remain the audio-visual industry's lead training body.

Parliament's Culture Committee has supported safeguards on ITV programming.

Carlton TV has been accused of intimidation as Midlands union members vote on action.

Union members at Odeon Cinemas have voted against a 2.5% pay offer for the second time.

Industrial action now looks likely in the ROH victimisation dispute.

Carlton TV faces trouble in rows over pay in the Midlands and HTV job cuts.

Plans for an extra £25m of theatre grants have won BECTU's approval.

Broadcasters have signed an agreement which recognises intellectual rights for directors.

Government Minister Janet Anderson will speak to a union-backed conference on March 14.

A second ballot is being run after Odeon said their pay offer was final.

BECTU has come out in favour of a £326m plan for extra BBC services.

Members in BBC Resources London Operations begin industrial action next week.

February 2001

BECTU is joining up new members in Cable & Wireless areas bought by ntl: last year.

Projectionists at UGC have voted in favour of a union-negotiated pay increase.

Discussions at ACAS about a suspended ROH union rep have been adjourned until March 7.

Carlton members are balloting for action after ACAS pay talks collapsed.

A work-to-rule over cuts in expenses payments is set to begin at the BBC.

ACAS has been asked to help resolve the row over a victimised ROH union rep.

A move to cut fees for re-run TV and radio shows has been lost in the European Parliament.

More than four fifths of BECTU members support industrial action against new BBC expenses rules.

Plans for a strike at MTV have been shelved in favour of legal challenges to new contracts.

A strike could follow the suspension of BECTU's branch secretary at the Royal Opera House.

Unions are fighting off a damaging amendment to new European copyright rules.

Europe's top lawyer has backed BECTU's efforts to win holiday rights for freelancers.

Media monopoly and content regulation concerns form part of BECTU's Communications White Paper response.

Granada has proposed up to 90 job cuts at Anglia and Meridian leading to an angry union response.

January 2001

Revised proposals for changes in BBC London Operations have been turned down in a ballot.

Members of BECTU, NUJ, and AEEU at Carlton TV are to ballot for industrial action over pay.

Members balloting on new expenses rules have been advised of their contractual rights.

BECTU is recruiting for a National Official to organise and represent members in the English regions

BECTU is expecting talks about new expenses rules to end without agreement.

An industrial action ballot is being run at MTV after members met to discuss new contracts.

Members at the Royal Shakepeare Company's Barbican theatre are due to start a work-to-rule.

Members in BBC Resources London Operations are voting on revised reorganisation proposals.

BECTU has begun balloting theatre members outside London on new terms including a 3.5% pay rise.

Music broadcaster MTV has postponed changes in staff contracts following union protests.

Last updated 13 February 2002