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West End theatre workers to discuss SOLT offer

10 October 2017

BECTU members working in West End theatres are to meet to discuss their employers’ response to this year’s pay claim after all-day talks at ACAS failed to secure a breakthrough.

The meeting, on Monday 16 October from 3pm – 4pm, details below, is also being opened up to non-members across all departments who will have the opportunity to join the union to secure a vote on the proposals.

Union officials led by Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU, attended talks with representatives from the Society of London Theatre at ACAS last Thursday 5 October but despite over six hours of conciliation no agreement has been reached and members will now be consulted on SOLTs offer.

Pay claim

This June theatre workers submitted a pay claim of 9% for 2017/18, with the pay review date set at 1 October 2017.

The ambitious pay claim was justified, says BECTU, by "the steady increase in the cost of living with RPI currently standing at 3.7%, with an anticipation that it will continue to rise throughout the year." The union also cited rising transport and housing costs in the capital as real cost pressures for the workforce which needed to be addressed by employers.

Join the decision-making

Helen Ryan, assistant national secretary said:

“This meeting is an opportunity for members and non-members to hear what SOLT is offering and to discuss this. Decisions taken when we meet will direct how we go forward. The pay claim affects every worker in the West End and we encourage everyone to come along to share their views.”

If you have any questions about the details of the pay review please email

The theatre workers’ meeting will take place on Monday 16 October, from 3pm-4pm at St Annes, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF

Download the meeting flyer.

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