Monthly Archives: April 2022

Bectu mental health hub

This webpage on the Bectu site includes links to our campaign to give workers the right to switch off from work along with guidance on managing mental health and stress at work, along with some of the union’s work on … Continue reading

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Broadcasting White Paper published

The DCMS has published its Broadcasting White Paper promising “a new golden age of programming” with changes to regulations on SVoDs, sports rights, and the privatisation of Channel 4. One change is that C4 will be able to start producing … Continue reading

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Labour market enforcement – update

Reading my copy of PIRC’s quarterly Work newsletter, I see that there’s no mention of the budget / timetable for the proposed Single Enforcement Body (SEB) that we are hoping to see from the UK government. There is an ongoing … Continue reading

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Bectu ‘Live to Work’ campaign launched

Bectu has launched the Live to Work campaign aimed at improving terms and conditions in the UK TV drama industry. You can visit the campaign page here and join the network (open to members and non-members), download images to use … Continue reading

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Update: CoViD health and safety guidance – links

Here are some use useful links that include the latest guidance. UK Government Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace – Guidance covering a range of settings, including what can be done to keep others safe. … Continue reading

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Halyna Hutchins – Rust producers – “demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety”

There’s a lot more investigating to take place, not least into the question of how a live round ended up in a prop gun. But here’s CCN’s account of the report released by New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health & … Continue reading

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Demand for UK studio space v Netflix subscriber drop

Two stories passing each other in this week’s newspapers. Firstly, a good fact-packed briefing from The Times [£] on how demand for studio space is multiplying at the moment, to meet the demands of SVoD productions: “UK production spend is … Continue reading

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Useful bookmarks on freelance employment and tax policies

Here’s something written by Alan Lockey for Demos – “Free Radicals – Britain’s self-employed millions urgently need a new deal…” [pdf], and an IPSE’s 2017 ‘tax manifesto’ paper on “A Fairer, More Efficient Tax System” [pdf] (h/t Martin McIvor)

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ADs guide for working with Background Artists / Supporting Artists / Doubles / Stand-Ins.

My colleague Emily Collin has been working with the POP agency platform to support Assistant Directors and productions understand the new FAA-Pact Agreement and best practice when working with Background Artists/Supporting Artists/Doubles/Stand-Ins. There’s a video here, along with a one-page … Continue reading

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Understanding commuting costs – some bookmarks

For freelancers working either in film and TV, or in Live Events, there is often no option to use public transport to get to work. For a typical filming day, Bectu members tell us that they tend to arrive at … Continue reading

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Professionally Made, Professionally Paid – Equity campaign

Just a quick bookmark for an excellent bit of campaigns literature from Bectu’s sister union Equity – Professionally Made, Professionally Paid – an important part of the steps unions are taking to promote a professional attitude to the arts against … Continue reading

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What happens when a safety inspector calls?

What should happen when an HSE inspector visits your workplace? To answer this question, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are hosting an event for Trade Union Health and Safety Representatives, providing an overview of the regulation, inspection, and enforcement … Continue reading

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Personal Protective Equipment should always be provided by engagers when needed – even for freelancers of all kinds

We have contacted HSE for confirmation that PPE should always be provided by engagers and the fact that a worker is not a direct employee is no defence. For full details of this guidance, see here.

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Bectu / UK Theatre code of conduct for “Get-ins, Fit-ups & Get-outs”

Doug McGill has forwarded this to me. From the Preface: “The original Code of Conduct for Get-ins, Fit-ups and Get-outs was created as a result of a serious accident during the unloading of stage flooring on the back of a … Continue reading

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Global standard for safe listening venues and events – World Health Organisation guide

The World Health Organisation has published a global standard for safe listening venues and events. It’s a guide to governments, public health agencies, those involved in the creation, distribution, and amplification of music, the private sector, civil society, and everywhere … Continue reading

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Government identity checks system changes

If you are self-employed, and you don’t have any of the following… a UK passport, pay slip, tax credit Northern Ireland driving licence … you may find yourself trying to file your next tax return on paper. I’m mentioning this … Continue reading

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The Flexibility Paradox

The TUC and Working Families are hosting a launch for a book called The Flexibility Paradox by Dr Heejung Chung on Wednesday 20 April at 1400. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, flexible working has become the norm for many workers. But … Continue reading

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