News headlines 2003

News headlines in chronological order

January 2003 to December 2003

December 2003

Union negotiators are urging members across Granada's ITV empire to accept a new pay offer.

A postal ballot has begun on a ground-breaking agreement for construction grades on feature films.

BECTU has warned the BBC that there will be stiff opposition to the sale of its technology subsidiary.

November 2003

BECTU's members have voted to retain the union's affiliation to the Labour Party.

A postal ballot of all BECTU members on continuing the union's Labour link closed at noon today.

BECTU has condemned plans for the privatisation of BBC Technology.

A strike ballot is being run across Granada Media in protest at an imposed 2% pay rise.

A 3.9% pay increase has been agreed for London West End theatre members.

The promise of health and safety improvements at Sky has been secured by BECTU.

BECTU has vacancies for two Officials based in London and Glasgow.

Industrial action in BBC London News Support has started.

October 2003

An international meeting of directors' organisations have issued a joint rights declaration.

All three unions involved in pay talks with Granada have condemned the company's 2% pay offer.

BECTU's next Annual Conference will be held in May 2004 at Liverpool.

BECTU is holding meetings of members in advance of a ballot on its Labour Party affiliation.

BECTU is running a conference for women activists and members on 1 November 2003.

ITV unions have called on Carlton and Granada to open talks on their newly-announced merger.

BECTU is running a Read My Lips day at BAFTA on 22 October 2003.

September 2003

Freelance members have voted in favour of a new agreement on terms and conditions.

BECTU has organised the Move on Up event for film and television ethnic minorities.

July 2003

The 3.6% BBC pay increase covering most staff has been confirmed.

Staff at BSkyB are claiming that their employer has blocked access to a website run by BECTU.

BECTU has told BBC members not to panic over a £1bn hole in their pension fund.

June 2003

Culture Minister Tessa Jowell is to receive a petition against closure of the Leicester Haymarket.

Skillset's annual census of audio visual industries takes place on 25 June 2003.

May 2003

BBC members are being advised not to complete personal statements about their outside interests.

BECTU has called for managers at Leicester Haymarket Theatre to resign.

The BECTU History Project wishes to engage a Project Worker.

BECTU members are being consulted on proposed changes to the PACT Freelance Agreement.

BECTU has written to MPs about the planned closure of Leicester Haymarket Theatre.

The BBC pay increase covering most staff could be 3.6% in August 2003.

Delegates to BECTU's Annual Conference have voted to ballot members on the union's link with Labour.

A round of redundancies at Carlton Nottingham has revived concerns for the site's future.

Forty free places at EITF are being offered to industry newcomers.

Members at English National Opera have voted to accept a peace offer from management.

Skillset is inviting comments on new draft occupational standards.

BBC freelancers in Bristol have won the right to vote on union recognition.

Members of the Scottish Parliament have backed BECTU's bid for union recognition at BSkyB.

April 2003

Further talks are planned on pay at Scottish TV and Grampian before a work-to-rule.

An industrial action ballot is underway among BECTU members at BBC World Service.

BECTU has criticised the Film Council Relph Report on low budget UK films.

Councillors and MPs from across Fife are meeting to hear about a BSkyB threat to local jobs.

Plans for stoppages at Glasgow's Tramway are on hold during peace talks.

BECTU has applied to a government agency for the right to represent freelancers at BBC Bristol.

BECTU is concerned by the impact on ITV regional production of a Granada and Carlton merger.

BECTU's Crewbus online freelance directory website has arrived.

Union stewards at Scottish Media Group are due to announce dates for industrial action.

Industrial action at English National Opera has been postponed to allow conciliation talks.

March 2003

The deadline has been extended for nominations to BECTU's Appeals Committee and SOC.

BECTU has issued a statement concerning possible military conflict with Iraq.

Members at English National Opera are voting for action over job cuts.

BECTU members in BBC Resources Ltd have voted to accept a 2.9% pay rise.

BECTU is demanding assurances that Carlton's Nottingham studios will stay open.

Members are voting on industrial action over a pay dispute at Scottish Media.

February 2003

BBC Resources members are recommended to accept a revised pay offer in a ballot.

Proposals for BECTU's 2003 Conference in Eastbourne have been issued.

The BECTU banner will be at the London Stop the War march on 15 February 2003.

BECTU's fight to represent members at BSkyB will continue despite a poor vote among call centre staff.

Picardy Media Group in Scotland have called in receivers.

January 2003

Roger Bolton has been re-elected BECTU General Secretary.

The 2003 series of Organising for Growth courses have been announced.

Differences have emerged at the first BBC Resources Ltd pay claim meeting.

BECTU has a vacancy for a Database Information Clerk based in London.

Last updated 23 February 2004