1 AUG 2022

Bectu “overwhelmingly” rejects Pact's proposal for a TV drama agreement

UK broadcasting union Bectu’s members have rejected the latest terms offered by trade body Pact, putting the TV drama agreement they both have in jeopardy.

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UK broadcasting union Bectu’s members have rejected the latest terms offered by trade body Pact, putting the TV drama agreement they both have in jeopardy. “Our members have voted to overwhelmingly endorse Bectu’s position in response to the latest offer from Pact and given us a clear mandate to seek further discussions,”  said Philippa Childs, Head of Bectu.

Bectu held a ballot last week on whether to accept proposals put forward earlier this month by Pact. They include an hour shorter standard working day, unsocial hours pay, additional pay for prep and wrap, increased overtime, and paid bank holidays. Bectu urged its members to reject those proposals, claiming they lack the detail and clarity to make significant changes to the working lives and wellbeing of scripted TV crew.

“The UK TV drama industry has reached a critical point, with many crew suffering from burn out and low morale and unable to sustain a family life and their own wellbeing. At a time when the industry is thriving, we know many talented workers are leaving due to the unsustainable long hours culture. It’s time to meet these issues head on with an agreement that addresses our members’ concerns and is fit for the future to ensure the industry, and its staff, thrive for years to come,”  Childs commented.

“Bectu remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement that meets our objective of improving crew wellbeing and reducing excessive and unsociable hours, and supporting industry growth. We look forward to meeting with Pact to discuss a way forward as a matter of urgency,”  the Head of Bectu added.