News archives 2007

News headlines in chronological order

January 2007 to December 2007

December 2007

BECTU members have been staggered to learn that an employee at the Lowry Centre in Manchester is being paid £310,000.

Members have voted overwhelmingly to accept ITV’s 2008-9 pay deal of 4.2% plus a number of improvements to terms and conditions.

BECTU has written to Culture Secretary James Purnell to support the BBC's proposals for three new broadband channels.

STV has announced 45 people are facing redundancy with a further 15 at risk if Setanta Sport does not renew its contract with STV in May.

Staff were told last week that 99 jobs would be axed from BBC Scotland, in the first year of the 'Creating Futures' cuts.

Chief Executive Karen Hebden has asked everyone "who cares about live theatre" to support the campaign to save Derby’s theatre.

In new twist in the fate for the Derby Playhouse, the theatre has now re-opened two weeks before Christmas with a skeleton staff.

Staff working at Glyndebourne have secured an impressive two-year 8% pay rise, which will run from 1 January 2008 to December 2009.

Ballot papers went out on 4 December to all members working at the BBC asking them to vote for strike action in the new year.

BECTU kicked off a recognition campaign last month for freelance members working on EastEnders, the BBC's flagship drama.

BECTU’s Cardiff office is being renovated, so members should be warned that reduced facilities are available until 13 December.

Fifty dedicated female BECTU members gathered at Friend's House near Euston for an inspiring two-day conference last weekend.

November 2007

Four weeks before Christmas 60 staff at Derby Playhouse have been told the theatre is in administration and they no longer have jobs.

BECTU is hosting a unique one-day learning experience for union learning reps (ULRs) onboard a London barge.

BECTU members are invited to an evening with film director Mike Newell on 5 December at the University of Hertfordshire.

BBC unions have voted unanimously to ballot for national strike action, in protest at compulsory redundancies and other changes.

Unions have rallied across BBC sites to protest against proposed job cuts that could see the workforce reduced by 12%.

Welsh National Opera members have voted by 65% to accept a 3.8% pay increase as part of a three year package.

BECTU is running HD Effect, an open forum masterclass on high definition production, in early December.

Johnson Controls tell staff the full 4% pay increase agreed last month only applies to employees with more than 12 months' service.

Meridian BECTU and NUJ members leafleted Fareham Shopping Centre today to highlight ITV's threat to reduce regional news output.

October 2007

Welsh National Opera members are being balloted on an improved 3.8% pay increase as part of a three year package.

Cineworld projection members have voted by over 85% to accept a 3.9% pay increase and a 0.5% uplift to the annual bonus.

BECTU West End Theatre members have voted by three to one to accept a 5% increase on all minimum rates of pay.

Martin Spence has been re-elected Assistant General Secretary for the Laboratories, London Production and Regional Production Divisions.

Cineworld's pay offer ballot has been extended again to 29 October due to the late arrival of some voting papers to members.

BECTU has signed a voluntary freelance recognition agreement with BBC Resources Ltd, giving the union collective bargaining rights.

Places on BECTU's North West Fair seminars and workshops, opening in two weeks time, are filling rapidly.

Union negotiators have agreed a framework for negotiations over 2,500 BBC redundancies, with an emphasis on redeployment.

The threat of industrial action ballots being run today has been lifted following the BBC suspending its voluntary redundancy trawl.

BECTU has accused ITV of misleading the public when it says heads will not roll as a result of Deloitte's phone-in investigation.

Unions have called on the BBC to halt a mass redundancy exercise and enter negotiations, or face industrial action.

Officials from BECTU, NUJ and Unite are due to brief BBC union representatives on substantial cuts at the Corporation.

The ballot on Cineworld's pay offer has been further extended to 26 October due to the industrial action at the Post Office.

BECTU has given a cautious welcome to the Government's increase in arts funding by £50m between 2008-2011.

A rally is being held at the House of Commons on 18 October to promote the Trade Union Rights and Freedoms Bill.

West End theatre owners and producers have taken the unusual decision to write to staff urging them to accept this year's pay offer.

45 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion opposing ITV's plans to "cut regional news budgets in half".

SOLT has offered a 5% increase on all minimum rates of pay covering London's West End Theatres.

The ballot deadline on Cineworld's pay offer has been extended to 19 October due to the CWU postal workers' strike action.

BECTU welcomes the "Queengate" Wyatt Report but is critical of BBC "double standards" by allowing the BBC1 Controller to resign.

Cineworld members are being offered a RPI pay offer which union negotiators are recommending is accepted.

BECTU has welcomed Ofcom's critical report on children's television in the UK.

Registration is now open for BECTUs North West Fair in Manchester on 8-9 November.

BECTU has negotiated with PACT a 5.5% rates rise for film artistes from November.

BECTU is supporting Amnesty International's Burma demonstration in London on Saturday 6 October.

BECTU has welcomed the Competition Commission's provisional ruling that BSkyB's 17.9% stake in ITV restricts competition.

September 2007

This year's BECTU Annual Women's Conference is to be held over two days in November at London's Friends Meeting House.

BECTU is referring Ofcom to the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights for a perceived failure to meet its diversity obligations.

BECTU's next Annual Conference will be following a new format in May 2008 at Liverpool.

An Assistant General Secretary election is to be held in the Laboratories, London Production and Regional Production Divisions.

BECTU is accusing the BBC of targeting junior staff members, following the sacking of a radio producer member.

BECTU is supporting a proposed scheme to avoid a threat to the use of animals in television, film and the stage.

BECTU has two National Official vacancies based at its South West London head office.

The 2007 pay award at the Cineworld cinema chain may be delayed past its usual October deadline.

BECTU has poured scorn on the news of ITV Chief Executive Michael Grade's £6m shares grant.

BECTU and the NUJ have signed a recognition deal with Plymouth-based ITV Westcountry.

BECTU is supporting the Campaign to End Child Poverty Rally to be held in London on 7 November.

BECTU has condemned ITV's plan to cut its regional news services from 17 flagship programmes to a "nine region structure".

The TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment wants to hear from members who are challenging exploitation at work.

BECTU's North West Fair will be running a series of seminars and workshops for those working in the region's media industry.

The second strike day at Scotland's Cumbernauld Theatre has been suspended after almost nine hours of talks at ACAS.

August 2007

BECTU is supporting the campaign to save Storyville, the BBC's acclaimed documentary strand faced with an alleged 60% budget cut.

Strike action at Scotland's Cumbernauld Theatre has been suspended following agreement to hold talks at ACAS.

A 2.6% pay offer at the Welsh National Opera and Cardiff Theatrical Services has been rejected by BECTU members.

Negotiations have opened on the 2007 pay claim covering BECTU members in the Cineworld cinema chain.

BECTU has reached a new freelance agreement with PACT covering television factual programmes after two years of negotiations.

Odeon members have voted in a ballot to accept a third set of sound and projection harmonisation proposals.

Scotland's Cumbernauld Theatre is to be hit by a series of stoppages from this Friday in protest at planned job and pay cuts.

Advertisements have been published today inviting bids for the BBC's TV facilities subsidiary.

BECTU members in Siemens working on BBC contracts have voted by 95% to accept an improved pay offer.

July 2007

Union members are being asked to sign an online petition which condemns the sacking of staff in BBC Children's TV.

Odeon management have made a move to address members concerns on rejected sound and projection harmonisation proposals.

BBC Resources members have voted to accept a pay offer similar to that recently accepted by members in the rest of the BBC.

BECTU members at Brixton's Ritzy Cinema have voted to accept an improved pay offer following two days of industrial action.

An improved pay offer has been put to Siemens staff working on BBC contracts after members voted to take industrial action.

BECTU has attacked broadcasters for feigning surprise about revelations of viewer deception over the past few days.

An industrial action ballot at TV playout centre Red Bee has been suspended following guarantees about future negotiations.

BECTU is calling for tighter controls and better training for television employees following recent revelations of viewer deception.

The results of an Odeon questionnaire by BECTU members have been presented to the cinema chain management.

A 24-hour strike over compulsory redundancies is being mounted by members in BBC Children’s TV.

BBC Resources members are bring balloted on a pay offer "almost identical" to that recently accepted by members in the rest of the BBC.

The latest Move On Up has been praised as "an imaginative way for people to develop their careers" by the TUC.

BECTU is backing a campaign launched by solicitors Thompsons to achieve justice for English and Welsh families affected by asbestos.

Union members across the BBC have voted to accept the Corporation pay offer covering 2007-2009 in a ballot.

BECTU has expressed concern over press reports that Virgin Media is the target of a private equity buyout.

June 2007

Siemens staff working on BBC contracts have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in response to a below-inflation pay offer.

Almost 60% of Odeon cinema members have rejected the second sound and projection harmonisation proposals in a ballot.

BECTU has signed a joint letter to Gordon Brown on the consequences of taking funds from the arts to pay for the Olympics.

Members affected by unilateral changes in rotas at the West London TV playout centre have begun an industrial action ballot.

BECTU members at Brixton's Ritzy Cinema meet next week to vote on an improved pay offer following two days of industrial action.

George Alagiah and Sir Trevor McDonald are to open the first Move On Up in News event on 21 September at the TUC in London.

Changes have been made to this year's ITV staff bonus scheme to address problems highlighted by BECTU.

Move On Up Film and Television, spearheaded by BECTU, takes place on Monday 18 June at the TUC in Central London.

Unions have won an improved pay offer from the BBC after threatening to strike over the Corporation's opening bid in pay talks.

Strike action at Brixton's Ritzy Cinema has been suspended following an offer to reopen pay talks by owners City Screen.

Luke Crawley has been elected BECTU's new Assistant General Secretary in a members' ballot.

Film construction crews have narrowly voted by 54% to 46% to accept a one-year pay offer from employers.

Two places remain on the BECTU and Stage Electrics PASMA Access Tower Training course in Bristol on Tuesday 12 June.

Streatham MP Keith Hill has asked Brixton Ritzy Cinema to reopen negotiations in an attempt to resolve a pay dispute.

Unions have warned the BBC that a strike ballot will be run among thousands of members unless a pay offer is improved.

BECTU Odeon cinema members are to be balloted on improved sound and projection harmonisation proposals.

The next Brixton Ritzy cinema stoppage has been cancelled because of a new film whose production team support the dispute.

Brixton Ritzy cinema members are striking today for a second time in a dispute over low pay.

May 2007

Union members in the BBC Children's Education Unit have voted to ballot for strike action over job cuts in the department.

BECTU members in regional theatres have voted by a three to one majority to accept the 2007 pay offer from the TMA.

BECTU is seeking an Acting Editor for four issues of the union's magazine Stage Screen & Radio.

Registrations are being invited for BECTU's second Freelances' Fair to be held at BAFTA in June.

Unions have rejected a below inflation pay offer from the BBC at a meeting with Corporation management.

Odeon members have been congratulated on recruitment leading up to their rejection of management harmonisation proposals.

BECTU Political Fund contributors are to be balloted in the election for Labour's Deputy Leader.

BECTU members at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton have given notice to strike over a pay dispute.

A threat of industrial action over the privatisation of BBC Resources Ltd has been lifted to allow talks on staff guarantees.

Odeon members have rejected sound and projection harmonisation proposals.

BECTU is calling for improvements in both the structure and administration of the new ITV staff bonus scheme.

BECTU and ITV have signed a Recognition Agreement covering staff at the BACC, the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre.

Royal Opera House members have voted to accept a 3.5% pay increase effective from April.

BECTU has expressed concern that ITV is again being linked with the high cost of hiring a celebrity front person.

Balloting has opened to fill the vacant BECTU Assistant General Secretary position.

Regional theatre members are to vote on an improved pay and conditions offer.

BECTU's links with the Labour Party have again been confirmed at the union's 2007 Annual Conference.

Preparations are underway for the first BECTU Theatre Festival on 25 May 2007.

April 2007

Quality content and new programme forms have been called for at BECTU's digital distribution evening.

BECTU has won collective bargaining rights for Royal Shakespeare Company stage, front of house and hire wardrobe departments.

BECTU has a vacancy for a part-time project worker recruiting and supporting Union Learning Reps in the North.

Freelance BECTU members are reminded their public liability insurance will be renewed at the end of April.

Over 3,000 have signed the unions' petition against the BBC's proposed nursery closures.

BECTU is holding its first Theatre Festival at the Actors Centre on 25 May 2007.

BECTU has welcomed the appointment of Sir Michael Lyons as the new BBC Trust Chair.

BECTU is 'extremely disappointed' with redundancy proposals following the announcement of a six-year contact with ITV.

BECTU has given a cautious welcome to the news that Arqiva has acquired National Grid Wireless for £2.5bn.

March 2007

After a year and a half of campaigning, a ballot in which RSC workers can vote for union recognition is finally underway.

Royal Opera House members have voted by 89% to accept changes to their pension scheme.

Members in BBC London TV News Production Facilities (NPF) have voted by a narrow margin to accept revised proposals for new rotas.

BECTU members at the Royal Opera House have expressed concern at the treatment of some staff employed by contractors at the theatre.

BECTU's Bristol Week, which takes place in the next few days, includes activities targetted at ITV members.

Legal changes could put the use of residential properties for film and TV productions in peril.

Odeon cinema members have expressed shock at proposals to 'harmonise' terms and conditions.

Union members across the entertainment industry are being urged to lobby MPs on the future of wireless devices.

The New Media and Future Distribution Opportunities event has been organised by the Writers, Producers and Directors Branch.

Industrial action at Soho Images is over following an overwhelming vote to accept management proposals.

The fourth Move On Up event on 18 June includes BBC Director General Mark Thompson and PACT Chief Executive John McVay.

BECTU is running a series of events in Bristol from 21-23 March, culminating in an Open Day on Friday 23rd.

February 2007

An election is to be held to fill the vacant BECTU Assistant General Secretary post.

BECTU is supporting the Public Services Not Private Profit joint union campaign to defend public services against privatisation.

BECTU has pledged to defend members at the English National Opera, after dozens of redundancies were announced.

BECTU and the NUJ have agreed to suspend industrial action which was set to bring chaos to BBC News next week.

BECTU, the Musicians Union and Equity are running an on-line petition opposing Ofcom's plans for the UK's analogue television spectrum.

BECTU has been threatened with legal action by the BBC for using an image of Pudsey Bear in a childcare campaign.

BECTU's members in the Royal Opera House are voting in a consultative ballot on changes to their final-salary pension scheme.

BECTU members in BBC News are set to take strike action in two disputes over value-for-money savings.

Proposals for BECTU's 2007 Annual Conference in Bournemouth have been issued.

Unions are organising a fight against the closure of BBC workplace nurseries across the UK.

BECTU has welcomed the publication of industry guidelines on work experience placements in the media.

Gerry Morrissey has been elected as BECTU's new General Secretary it was announced today.

BECTU members at Technicolor Film Laboratory have voted to accept the company's back-dated pay offer of 3.5%.

ITV have confirmed BECTU recognition for the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC).

BECTU, Amicus, and NUJ, have tabled concessions over pension scheme changes in a bid to resolve a looming dispute.

Fifteen job cuts have been proposed at Emap's Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland.

January 2007

The union's website was unreachable for several hours on January 31 after hackers struck its hosting company.

BECTU members have voted overwhelmingly to accept ITN's revised pension proposals.

BECTU and Equity are running a joint campaign to ban up-front fees charged by agents to background artists.

BECTU has called for Channel Four and the producers of Big Brother to take a stand against racist bullying on the show.

BECTU has condemned the government for setting a six-year formula for the BBC licence fee that will fall below inflation.

Writer and producer Tudor Gates, a leading lay member of BECTU, has died at home in Kent.

Members in BBC TV News could take strike action for the second time in three months, this time over job cuts.

Industrial action planned at ITN has been suspended as a result of significant improvements to pension scheme proposals.

Union members at news provider ITN are poised for two days of strike action in defence of pension benefits.

Last updated 20 March 2009