11 August 2017
Spencer MacDonald, BECTU's national secretary and the officer for the film construction branch has today announced the result of the recent pay ballot.
Latest: Construction crews ballot result
Spencer MacDonald said:
"The construction crew ballot for major feature films closed on Thursday 10 August 2017. The members voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer – 90.5% in favour and only 9.5% of members rejected the deal. Therefore pay rates for all recognised grades will increase by 2.75% with effect from 21 August.
"This is an eight month deal and a great recognition of the contribution our members make. It also addresses our members concerns about inflation because we now have the opportunity to begin negotiations early if prices start to rise again."
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Ballot papers will soon be arriving with film construction crew members. The topic is a proposed 2.75% pay increase over eight months rather than 12.
The development follows talks with the feature film producers where another three year deal was discussed initially. However concerns about rising inflation prompted the union side to insist on a shorter timescale. The eight month deal will allow for fresh talks at the end of the period.
Ballot papers are due to go out on 1 August with the ballot running until 10 August. Most members will receive an electronic ballot paper; where we don't hold an email address ballot papers will be sent by post. If members accept the pay award it will become effective from 21 August.
BECTU's national secretary, Spencer MacDonald, who led for the union side supported by reps from all departments, said:
"The union is recommending this offer as the best that can be achieved through negotiations".
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