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Twelve days of BECTU

20 December 2018

2018 was a busy year for BECTU, as we bolstered membership numbers, successfully battled for workers’ rights across our divisions, and launched some ground-breaking campaigns.

Head of BECTU, Philippa Childs, talks through just some of the union’s achievements in our short Facebook film, and here we celebrate our successes through our “12 days of BECTU” focus on the best of a brilliant year.

On the first day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: record membership levels. BECTU has bucked the trend for declining membership, with more than 40,000 members on board, including a growing number of freelancers.

On the second day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: Major Motion Picture Agreement with PACT, protecting workers’ rights on big-budget movies.

On the third day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: a landmark BBC deal on pay, terms and conditions.

On the fourth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: Moxie. An ambitious campaign to stand up for Sky workers in the wake of Comcast’s buyout.

On the fifth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: the Theatre Diversity Action Plan. More than 100 theatres uniting to open up opportunities to BAME workers.

On the sixth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: success at the Picturehouse employment tribunal, with two wrongly sacked workers reinstated.

On the seventh day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: backdated pay rises for members at Al Jazeera, who had seen salaries stand still since 2015.

On the eighth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: the Eyes Half Shut campaign, highlighting the mental and physical damage of long-hours culture.

On the ninth day of the Christmas, BECTU gave to me: the Standing Up guide, bringing workers together to stamp out bullying.

On the tenth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: the Freelancers’ Fair – offering invaluable networking opportunities to freelance members.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: a say in the BBC over-75s licence fee consultation – standing up for quality and calling on the government to stop shirking their responsibilities.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, BECTU gave to me: a voice against Brexit, standing up for members’ rights and highlighting the impact on creative industries.

Thanks for all of your support this year – here’s to an amazing 2019.

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