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14 June 2015

Technical staff working on Disney's Lion King at London's Lyceum Theatre have unanimously backed a pay deal which provides a 12% increase over three years.

From 14 August rates will increase by 4.5% backdated to 14 August 2014. The increase for year 2 (also from August 2015) will see an increase of 3.5%, or RPI if greater. In year 3, from August 2016, the same pay agreement applies as for year 2.

The hard-won deal was agreed after 19 hours of talks at ACAS spread across two days. It builds on a long-standing agreement the union has with the production.

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Thanks to the agreement, staff at the London venue will also benefit from company sick pay entitlement from their first day of employment, a dramatic improvement on the previous arrangement which required six months' service. Also new: calls with less than two weeks’ notice will be paid at overtime of time and a half, as will cancellations of calls with less than one week's notice.

The agreement also sets out new arrangements for medical appointments, updates to maternity entitlements, a new disputes procedure, extra payments for swing showman and foy operators, and a six month review of the new agreement to ensure it is working both in theory and in practice.

'The deal pays tribute to our reps and members'

BECTU supervisory official, Willy Donaghy, said:

“I’m delighted for members at the Lyceum. This inflation-busting offer is the highest theatre settlement in recent times, and pays tribute to our reps and members' hard work.”

Special thanks go to Jim Compston and Lloyd Coles, local representatives, for their resilience and hard work in securing the deal.

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