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1 May 2016 Freelancers' Fair 2016 - is this our best line up ever? Freelancers' Fair 2016 - is this our best line up ever?
Join us at our annual Freelancers' Fair and you'll be in the finest of creative company. David Elstein, Tony Garnett, Peter Kosminsky, Ken Loach, Mark Thomas and Pat Younge will all be taking part.
22 April 2016 New app will help background artistes with pay
In the spirit of helping background artistes to get the most out of the PACT/BECTU pay agreement, union representatives have developed an app to help members to calculate their pay.
22 April 2016 First ever runners' ratecard coming soon First ever runners' ratecard coming soon
BECTU is inviting all runners working in film and TV to take part in a new survey designed to assess how much the industry is paying.
21 April 2016 BBC admits pension error BBC admits pension error
Members of the BBC's Career Average Benefits 2011 pension scheme may have lost hundreds of pounds a year due to an information error relating to additional contributions. The BBC has admitted that guidance on additional contributions “could have been made more explicit”.
21 April 2016 Croydon Council rejects pleas for phased Fairfield Halls closure
Croydon Council has rejected pleas from community organisers for a phased closure of the Fairfield Halls site so that arts services can be retained during the planned redevelopment. Councillors backed complete closure of the site at a meeting held on Monday 18 April.
20 April 2016 BBC Studios – wise survey monkey says it all BBC Studios – wise survey monkey says it all
After the shock announcement that Peter Salmon was jumping ship and leaving a so-called 'bright and brilliant future' with BBC Studios, BECTU launched a quick survey to see how staff and freelancers felt about what was going on.
13 April 2016 Bare necessities missing for workers at MPC Bare necessities missing for workers at MPC
In the week when the long-awaited new version of the Jungle Book is released in the UK and across Europe, BECTU highlights persistent concerns about working conditions for VFX workers, many of whom feel forced into working unpaid overtime. This unease is evident at the Moving Picture Company which provided visual effects on Jungle Book. BECTU issued the following press release today, Wednesday 13 April.
12 April 2016 Fairfield Halls staff dismayed at planned closure
Staff at the Fairfield Halls, many of whom are BECTU members, are dismayed at Croydon Council's decision to insist on the closure of the venue during a planned redevelopment of the site.
11 April 2016 Unions battle over BBC expenses Unions battle over BBC expenses
BECTU is preparing an industrial action ballot over BBC expenses after the BBC refused to make any concessions on changes which will see staff subsidising programme production.
10 April 2016 What does the 2016 budget mean for you? What does the 2016 budget mean for you?
If you missed BECTU's round-up of what George Osborne's controversial 2016 budget means for you, here's a reminder of BECTU's statement, authored by our research officer, Tony Lennon.

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