8 July 2009
Declaration of the theatre ballot result due on Friday 10 July has been deferred due to the three-day postal strike in London.
Willy Donaghy, supervisory official, confirmed today (Wednesday), that the result of the consultative ballot will be announced as soon as mail deliveries to head office are restored.
Overall, BECTU's negotiating team believes that this offer is the best achieveable by negotiation and is therefore recommending that you accept this offer
Members in TMA theatres across the country have been participating in the consultative vote since 18 June.
Postal workers are engaged in a three-day strike on 8, 9 and 10 July, which is set to affect all postal deliveries in London during the period.
Three per cent pay offer
Negotiations with the TMA resulted in the offer of a three per cent increase on minimum rates for 2009/10.
In addition, some modest changes to terms for casuals and full time staff are also included.
If members vote to accept the offer, then certain changes to conditions will also result which the negotiating team believe will have little, to no, negative effect on members' income.
Established staff entitled to a four-hour performance call and casual staff who qualify for regularly employed status, will continue to benefit from these accrued rights during their current employment.
Writing to members when the ballot got underway, Willy Donaghy, said:
"Overall, BECTU's negotiating team believes that this offer is the best achieveable by negotiation and is therefore recommending that you accept this offer."
Inflation is currently running at more than minus one per cent.
Full details of the TMA offer were provided to BECTU members with the ballot papers; several of the proposed changes to the collective agreement are intended to bring the agreement into line with changes in legislation and to 'simplify and harmonise' certain provisions.