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UK theatre designers claim lodged

10 December 2018

BECTU and Equity have lodged claims with UK theatre organisations covering a wide range of issues affecting theatre designers.

Over the past 12 months BECTU has been working with Equity, The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) which has led to the submission of a claim with UK Theatres covering a wide range of issues affecting theatre designers.

It aims to improve terms and conditions for designers who report regularly absorbing significant additional overheads as well as improving other non-financial terms.

A joint BECTU and Equity agreement covering designers working within UK Theatre already exists and a separate one is in place between Equity and the Society of London Theatres.

However, the claims that have gone in this week focus on improving those pre-existing arrangements.

The claim covers several financial areas including: a proposed new fee structure for freelance designers, extending the scope of commercial royalties to outside of the West End, royalties for licensing and future productions and improving travel and subsistence expenses.

It also proposes to cover a number of non-financial areas including inserting a new dignity at work clause.

The proposals follow on from a meeting which was held earlier in the year where theatre designers participated in workshops to improve the existing agreements.

Helen Ryan, BECTU Arts and Entertainment assistant national secretary said: “These claims are based on informed by detailed discussions with theatre designers and their need to be heard on a number of issues.

“By working with partners across the theatre industry we hope to reach a settlement that is beneficial for designers who play such a crucial role in any production. I would encourage members who want to be involved in the negotiations to get in touch with BECTU, as your voice and input will continue to be vital to the process.”