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22 February 2011

BECTU has launched a new statement on working conditions - BECTU Standards. The code of practice summarises what staff look for in a good employer. BECTU Standards was launched at BVE2011 on 17 February with the support of companies in the DIA Group, the first employers to give the code their backing.

The following press release was issued on the day of the launch.

New BECTU Standards code of practice to help improve working conditions for employees in media and entertainment sector

BVE, Earls Court, London, 17 February 2011: The DIA Group has become the first organisation to sign-up to media and entertainment union BECTU’s new code-of-practice covering the ongoing treatment of workers.

The BECTU Standards agreement lists a set of considered parameters for employers on how best to fulfil their duty of care to both freelancers and permanent staff.

It covers a number of employment issues including pay, working environment, health and safety, working hours and personal development.

Managers from the DIA Group join BECTU's Patrick Styles to launch their agreement on BECTU Standards.L-R Mike Smith (MD Alias Hire), Natalie Brady (director Bridge Training), Patrick Styles (BECTU national official) and Stephanie Asplin (joint-MD The Crewing Company) launch BECTU Standards on 17 Feb 2011. Pic: BECTU/Alex Beaton

All four of the DIA Group companies - equipment rental firm Alias Hire, media recruitment specialists The Crewing Company, training provider The Bridge Training and design agency Digital Snowball - have signed the agreement.

Any firms that join the DIA Group in the future will also be asked to follow the BECTU Standards code-of-practice.

The Union hopes that this agreement will be the first of many as it strives to help improve the working conditions for people employed in the media and entertainment sector.

Patrick Styles, BECTU national official, said: “BECTU welcomes the commitment shown by The Bridge, The Crewing Company, Digital Snowball and Alias Hire in the delivery of BECTU Standards. Agreed standards are clearly a good thing for both our members and the companies signing up to this initiative; this joint commitment to aim high in respect of standards at work is a powerful expression of what workers in the creative industries rightly expect of good employers.”

Martin Spence, BECTU assistant general secretary, said: “BECTU congratulates these companies for being the first to sign up to BECTU Standards; we look forward to strengthening the good relations we have established with them and to seeing more employers follow their lead."

Stuart Hatton, joint-Managing Director of The Crewing Company, said: “We work in a business where there are companies with reputations for not treating the talent that they represent as well as they should do. Instead, they focus all their attention on the companies that are booking them rather than the freelancers themselves. We want the world to know that this is not the way we operate. We care very much for the people we represent, not least because they are our best assets.”

Natalie Brady, co-owner and founder of The Bridge Training, said: “Signing up to this code of practice will help everyone to understand that this is the way we operate and that we won’t take advantage of the people that we employ or allow companies that we work with to take advantage of them either.”

The BECTU Standards agreement with the DIA Group was officially signed at the BVE exhibition at Earls Court on Thursday 17th February 2011.


For more information, including hi res pictures of the signing and of the BECTU Standards logo please contact Sharon Elliott, BECTU Communications Officer or Patrick Styles, BECTU National Official

Notes for editors:

BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas. The union represents staff and contract and freelance workers who are based primarily in the UK. The key aims of the union are to: protect jobs; increase membership; win new recognition agreements; and improve pay and conditions of service, including pensions.

About The Crewing Company
The Crewing Company provides crew hire and recruitment services to the television, film corporate and advertising production markets. From its bases in Pinewood Studios, Soho and Hackney Wick, the company represents a wide range of freelance talent including producers, directors, camera operators, editors, compositors, sound recordists and dubbing mixers.

About Alias Hire
Alias Hire offers equipment hire services and support to broadcast industry customers in London and around the UK. It’s extensive hire fleet includes HD and SD cameras and VTRs as well as the all important intermediate equipment such as video legalisers, lights, microphones, monitors and signal converters. The company has offices in Pinewood Studios, Soho, Hackney Wick and will shortly open a new base in Manchester.

Amendment: The Bridge Training ceased operations in 2012.

Page updated 5 Sept 2013.