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22 November 2018

BECTU has welcomed progress made in ongoing discussions with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) about potential changes to security services.

The union, which represents numerous staff at the world-famous theatre company, has been speaking with management about proposals for fire, security and stage door, which could have seen in-house stage door services scrapped.

A number of changes have now been made to the proposals – including retaining an in-house stage door keeper – and BECTU will continue to support members throughout the consultation.

In a joint statement, BECTU Negotiations Officer, Mick Corfield, and RSC Director of Human Resources, Jo Pitman, said:

“The RSC are now moving into the next phase of consultation with some staff and BECTU about proposed changes to how the Company delivers its fire, security and stage door services.

“Following consultation with those affected, and giving serious consideration to alternative approaches submitted, some revisions to the proposals have been presented.

“Amongst other things, these revisions consider retaining in-house a revised role of Stage Door Keeper. BECTU and the RSC continue to have meaningful consultation with those affected.”

Consultation will continue until early January, and BECTU will continue to support members and negotiate with the RSC in the best interests of workers.