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Union Week is here!

Creative sector workers are invited to find out more about BECTU’s support and services during Union Week, 16-20 October.

16 October 2017

From 16-20 October BECTU will be hosting Union Week, a five day celebration centred on promoting the union to new members.

Building a stronger BECTU

Throughout the week our local reps and union officials, who work year-round to grow the union to strengthen our ability to represent staff and freelancers will be leading a programme of activities. Across the country events will be held to talk about what the union does and to recruit new members.

New members can join BECTU at the special direct debit rate of £7.50 a month for the first year (saving £30 over 12 months on our standard introductory rate). Online DD applications from new members received during the week will be processed at that rate.

What’s happening where?

As a curtain raiser for the campaign, our Creative Industries Showcase at the Wales Millennium Centre (Wednesday 11 October) was a huge success with a busy turnout reflected in active social media interaction.

A host of workplace events are being organised at BBC and ITV sites and at theatres across the country.

On Monday 16 October, West End theatre workers will come together from 3pm-4pm to discuss the latest on their pay claim. Essential industrial business, but an important gathering in this special week. More details here.

Reps at the National Theatre and Royal Opera House are also supporting Union Week. The programme includes a Theatre Roadshow across the Midlands too and the first annual general meeting of our new Outside Broadcast Network.

Beyond the workplace

Events taking place beyond the workplace in London include a screening of Who Killed British Cinema? at the Cinema Museum and a networking event for theatre costume and makeup workers at the Phoenix Arts Club, both on Tuesday 17 October.

Also on Tuesday 17 October, Andrew Reid, head of production at Northern Ireland Screen will be our guest speaker at an event at The MAC in Belfast. There'll be a discussion about production opportunities in Northern Ireland and the resources needed to sustain this. Tickets for this free events have 'sold' really well. Members and non-members welcome. Find out more here

The middle of the week sees our BIG crew event (book a ticket) on long hours and Brexit at Regent Hall, Oxford Street (Wednesday 18 October) and in Glasgow members and non-members will get together on Wednesday 18 October at Sloan’s Bar from 7pm.

On Thursday 19 October, Plymouth is the location for our pub quiz for members across the divisions, all of whom are invited to bring a non-member. There'll be a chance to chat about BECTU and to test their general knowledge.

And in Norwich, The Bell Hotel, will host a Union Week gathering from 7pm on Friday 20 October.

Check the Diary page here for more on the week’s line-up. (Use the links above to book a ticket for the film screening and the BIG Crew event).  

New entrant twitter chat #talkBECTU

The theme for the week is ‘Let’s talk BECTU’ and on social media the campaign will continue with a twitter chat for new entrants on Thursday 19 October from 12.30pm; use the hashtag #talkBECTU too to share your thoughts, photographs and stories from the week.

And there’s a competition ...

Members can take part to win one of four store vouchers (each for £100). Tell us why you're happy to be in BECTU using the #talkBECTU hashtag on twitter, facebook or instagram. To enter the competition members should tell us where they’ve posted by dropping a line to using the subject line ‘Union Week competition’. All entries received by 4pm on Friday 20 October will be entered into the draw.

Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU, said:

“BECTU members know how important it is to strengthen the union by continuing to recruit new members, and this is reflected in our year-on-year growth since 2014.

“But there are many more thousands of people we need to reach and Union Week provides us with a great opportunity to share the good news about BECTU’s support.”

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