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BECTU to ballot members on Independent TV Drama Agreement

BECTU has begun consultation on a proposed agreement to govern the employment of crew working in UK TV drama.

13 April 2017

BECTU has begun consultation on a proposed agreement to govern the employment of crew working in UK TV drama (Thursday 13 April). BECTU members will be balloted in May with a recommendation from the union to accept.

Formal ballot to be opened

Following extensive discussions, negotiators from BECTU and Pact have finalised an agreement to govern the terms and conditions of production crew working in TV drama.

BECTU will open a formal ballot of affected members in early May, with a recommendation from the union's negotiating team (drawn from workers in the affected departments) to accept the agreement.

Details of who will be balloted and how the ballot will be conducted have been posted here, along with information on steps members need to take to ensure that they qualify for this ballot. The proposed new agreement is here

Member meetings countrywide

BECTU will also be holding a number of all-member meetings at which the negotiators will respond to questions on the agreement. These meetings have already been confirmed for Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, London and Manchester with other venues pending confirmation. Details are available here.

The agreement

The agreement covers all of the key working conditions in this sector. There is also a firm timetable in place for a full negotiation on rates of pay.

Head of BECTU, Gerry Morrissey, said:

"I am satisfied that our negotiating team have reached the best deal for our members that can be achieved through negotiations. The terms in this agreement represent some significant improvements for some departments and we are confident that BECTU members will not suffer any loss of established terms.

"The absence of such an agreement over many years has resulted in a deterioration of workers terms and conditions. One of the biggest problems that our members have complained of for many years is the practice of them being expected to start work without any formal agreement on their terms.

"Under this agreement, the crew on a TV Drama will have a full statement of their terms and conditions at the start of a production period. They will be provided with a "deal memo" that details pay rates, hours, planned locations and other important conditions."

All of BECTU's production branches were invited to be represented in the negotiation and every branch is recommending acceptance of this agreement on the basis that it consolidates and significantly improves existing working conditions.

Note: A copy of the proposed agreement, plus information on consultation events, can be found here.

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