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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.
23 November 2016 What will Brexit mean for film and TV? - join tonight's debate What will Brexit mean for film and TV? - join tonight's debate
Whilst the government keeps its powder dry on the UK’s exit strategy from the European Union, the whole of the economy is having to plan for the UK’s life outside of the EU. This challenge also applies, of course, to the creative sectors.
21 November 2016 Industry-backed series producer scheme: applications open this week! Industry-backed series producer scheme: applications open this week!
Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund is supporting the Series Producer Programme 2017 which opens for applications on 23 November. More details in the Creative Skillset press release below, issued today 21 November.
16 November 2016 World Service expansion creates new jobs at home and overseas World Service expansion creates new jobs at home and overseas
BECTU has welcomed plans for the expansion of the World Service announced today (16 November). Eleven new language services will be created with content to emcompass radio, TV and digital services.
16 November 2016 Vacancy: Prospect Head of Communications Organising & External Affairs Vacancy: Prospect Head of Communications Organising & External Affairs
From 1 January 2017 BECTU will merge with Prospect, the union for senior staff in the public and private sectors.
11 November 2016 Consultation on BBC Studios Ltd: BECTU responds Consultation on BBC Studios Ltd: BECTU responds
Deeply controversial proposals to create BBC Studios Ltd moved one step closer today as the BBC Trust's consultation on the plans closed today. BECTU the bigger union in the BBC, representing not only staff but the thousands of freelancers the Corporation employs, has submitted its response.
9 November 2016 Sheffield Theatres' members win higher basic pay Sheffield Theatres' members win higher basic pay
Members at Sheffield Theatres have voted overwhelming to accept a new pay policy which will see enhanced rates and the introduction of new annualised hours posts from this month.

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