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24 December 2010

BECTU is pleased to report that Ecstasy Films has honoured the agreement it reached with the union to pay members who worked on a project which stopped filming in 2008.

The producers had assured BECTU that the company was working hard to put new funding in place to complete production and in November 2009 they made an agreement to pay an agreed sum to members who had sought support from the union..

Scottish organiser, Paul McManus, is pleased that matters have now been concluded positively. Commenting on the outcome he said:

“There have been a number of projects in Scotland in recent years which failed to pay our members their full wages, a matter which is always unacceptable to BECTU. Sadly, for various reasons, there is often no way of recovering monies due to our members once filming has stopped.

'Report problems early'

"That is why we always encourage members to report any financial problems as early as possible to allow us to do something before filming is completed.

"In this case, even though the deal took a year to conclude successfully, I have to be fair to Ecstasy Films. Their representatives were very constructive in their discussions with me and have fully delivered on their agreement with us.

"We therefore have no issues outstanding with the project or the producers.”