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 Albert Hall members take recognition battle to next level

7 September 2018

BECTU takes the next step to achieve union recognition at iconic venue

The battle to secure union recognition at the Royal Albert Hall is pressing ahead with the submission of a formal recognition claim to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

This week's move is the latest step in a long running campaign which began in 2014. However the truth is recognition should already have been granted.

A ballot of staff conducted by ACAS in 2015 secured a 52% majority vote in favour of recognition, however in a remarkable move dubbed by ACAS as 'unprecedented', management rejected the vote. The terms of the vote had previously been agreed with ACAS and both management and BECTU had agreed that a simple majority would decide the issue.

The CAC will now consider the union's application which seeks recognition for half of the staff at the Hall (Front of house, tours, box office, facilities & building services, security, and stage crew, excluding senior grades).

A further vote amongst staff is likely to follow and if 40% of the bargaining unit takes part in the vote with a majority voting in favour, recognition will be achieved.

Organising official, Naomi Taylor commented:

“BECTU recognition at the Royal Albert Hall is long overdue. It's deeply regrettable that management reneged on the previous agreement. However if the vote to come is successful, there is no way they can deny the will of staff.”

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