Pay increase triumph for the Brewery Arts Centre

Staff at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal will receive a 7.5% pay increase from April 2016.

7 March 2016

Thanks to BECTU, staff at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal are to benefit from a significant pay increase from next month.

Substantial pay increase

A  7.5% increase will be implemented from April 2016 - March 2017 after a difficult period at the venue marked by last year's threat of BECTU de-recognition.  

Not to be deterred, the union responded to the low by delivering a big organising drive and thanks to the combined efforts of BECTU members, supported by Mick Corfield, national official, and Martin Roberts, training official, eight new reps were trained leading to higher levels of membership and a stronger branch. 

Outstanding organising work

Having struggled in previous years to achieve real pay increases, this success is a great achievement for the branch and is evidence of the excellent working relationships now in place at the venue. BECTU wishes the revived branch further positive developments. 

Commenting on the turnaround, branch chair, Robin Turnbull said:

“It's the collective determination of our members and our branch reps including me, Johnny Kerr and Josh Parkin, with support from BECTU that have, in what had seemed quite difficult and uncertain circumstances, enabled us to achieve a positive and fair outcome. Patience, fortitude and a little good fortune allowed our team spirit to prevail.”

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