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17 July 2014

Staff employed by Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd have voted overwhelmingly to have BECTU recognised to represent their interests on pay and working conditions.

Brighton Dome, the iconic arts venue, run by the company and based in a 200-year old listed building, employs over 250 staff and produces the Brighton Festival each May.

Staff post strong vote for BECTU recognition

In a ballot of the workforce overseen by the Returning Officer for local elections in Brighton & Hove, 65.5% of staff who took part voted in favour of union recognition, compared to 17.5% who favoured an employee council. 17% of those who voted selected neither union recognition nor an employee council. 

BECTU’s membership at the Dome has grown rapidly in recent months, with particularly high union density in the technical and visitors services departments.

BECTU organising official Gus Baker said:

“We’re delighted to see that staff at Brighton Dome have opted to have a union on their side negotiating on terms and conditions. We look forward to working with the Dome on issues of low pay and job security in the months ahead.”

Brighton itself has seen a strong surge in support of the Living Wage. Brighton Council, which partly funds the Dome, committed to paying all of its staff the Living Wage in April 2013. Many staff members at Brighton Dome receive significantly less than this; stewards, for example, are paid the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour.

The venue is home to a wide variety of events including theatre, dance and music. The organisation is incorporated as a charity, chaired by Guardian columnist and low pay campaigner Polly Toynbee.

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