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12 January 2017 Challenge to Rio over disclosure of information Challenge to Rio over disclosure of information
BECTU has lodged a formal complaint with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) over Rio Cinema management's failure to disclose information to assist with collective bargaining.
10 January 2017 Former ACTT vice-president Lynn Lloyd dies  Former ACTT vice-president Lynn Lloyd dies
Lynn Lloyd, production manager, ex ACTT vice-president and a committed union activist, died peacefully at her home on 23 December 2016 with her partner Margaret Watts at her side.
6 January 2017 Film Expo South returns on 3 February Film Expo South returns on 3 February
Film Expo South is returning to Southampton's AGEAS Bowl on Friday 3 February. Billed as the South's 'premier filmmaking event' you'll find industry services and valuable opportunities to hear directly from creative and industry experts including BECTU's own Spencer MacDonald, our national secretary.
4 January 2017 Picturehouse workers back more strikes Picturehouse workers back more strikes
BECTU members working for Picturehouse cinemas in Brixton, Hackney and central London have given their overwhelming backing to strike action as they continue their efforts to engage management in talks to resolve their disputes.
27 December 2016 Prospect and BECTU unions to merge on 1 January Prospect and BECTU unions to merge on 1 January
BECTU, the media and entertainment union, will merge with Prospect next year after its membership voted decisively in favour of joining forces with the professionals’ union. The two month-long ballot, which concluded at the end of August, saw 83% of BECTU members who took part vote “yes” to the merger plan.
20 December 2016 BBC Studios: union members will vote in the New Year BBC Studios: union members will vote in the New Year
Union members at the BBC will vote in the New Year on the extent of protections being offered to staff as management presses ahead with plans for BBC Studios Ltd.
9 December 2016 Members urged to contact MPs over tax changes Members urged to contact MPs over tax changes
Government plans for several significant changes to the tax regime - which will have a negative impact on self-employed workers - have now (as of 5 December) been published as draft regulations. The union has written to affected members this week to advise of this latest development. We’re also encouraging our members to join us in the campaign to stop the changes; members’ first step is to write to their MP.
2 December 2016 Brexit debate puts creative sectors centre stage Brexit debate puts creative sectors centre stage
Restrictions on freedom of movement were identified as a major problem for the arts and entertainment sector post-Brexit, at a packed meeting in central London on 23 November.
1 December 2016 Living wage claim rejected at Picturehouse Central Living wage claim rejected at Picturehouse Central
Senior managers at Picturehouse Cinemas are continuing to alienate their staff, the latest affront coming with the rejection of a living wage pay claim at Picturehouse Central in the heart of London.

28 November 2016 Young Workers' Week gets underway Young Workers' Week gets underway
If you're under 35 the good news is you're young! And even better, if you're new to BECTU, you can take advantage of full union membership for your first year at just £5 a month. But you'll need to act quickly as this offer runs until 11 December only.

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