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Cinema projection goes digital: discussions continue

7 November 2009

Representatives from the Cinema Exhibitors Association have met with BECTU to discuss the union's concerns about the future for projectionists as digital projection takes off.

It was interesting to hear that at least one of the circuits shared our viewpoint on re-training for mechanical maintenance

"It was interesting to hear that at least one of the circuits shared our viewpoint on re-training for mechanical maintenance. This is what a lot of our members currently do, albeit without acknowledgement.' commented, Mick Corfield, national official.

BECTU welcomed the opportunity to discuss the issues with industry figures who included representatives from the Empire and Apollo chains.

As a result of this debate, held on 27 October, the CEA has agreed to host a further meeting in the New Year which it is hoped that more employers will attend.

"BECTU will go anywhere to enter into dialogue with our members employers and we will continue to ask the question 'What will the projectionist do?' "

"It is not in our members' interests to ignore change and no-one at this latest meeting was under any illusion that a reduction in the workforce will result unless we change our thinking towards the role."

BECTU's cinema officials and lay representatives launched an open consultation on the role of the projectionist earlier this year. 

The December issue of Cinema Technology will carry an extended interview with Mick Corfield.

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