Category Archives: Bullying and Harassment

Eva Wiseman in The Observer

I thought I’d posted this earlier in the week but it seems I missed it. There’s a very good round-up of the many issues facing people working in film and TV from Eva Wiseman in The Observer. It draws heavily upon … Continue reading

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Bectu’s new virtual ‘bullying and harassment hub’ launched.

📣 Bectu's new virtual bullying and harassment hub launched 📣 It has new resources and the latest guidance and news on bullying and harssment at work. Explore it now 📲 💻 ⤵️ https://t.co/DQcK69SC3w — Bectu (@bectu) October 5, 2021

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“Only a union can truly protect members from unsafe workplaces.”

In his speech to Equity’s Special Representative Conference, General Secretary Paul Fleming, called for an end to a “seedy culture of misogyny and predatory workplace behaviour” in the sector that his union shares with Bectu members. More on this in … Continue reading

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Positive working environment “will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.”

Those bug-eyed Marxist fanatics over at the Harvard Business Review are making the case against aggressive management practices again: “…a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to … Continue reading

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Philippa Childs to Nadine Dorries: “Challenge bullying and harassment and support freelancers”

The Stage[£] has picked up on the Head of Bectu’s letter to incoming Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. Philippa has outlined what the union believes the priorities should be, specifically… Tackling bullying and harassment in the creative industries. Supporting workers and … Continue reading

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Post-lockdown mental health concerns among theatre workers

From The Stage [£]: “Half of backstage workers are considering leaving their career and more than two thirds do not think that employers have put adequate mental health support in place for their post-Covid return to work, according to a … Continue reading

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New duty to curb sexual harassment

The TUC is reporting that the government have committed to introduce a new duty on employers to protect all their staff from sexual harassment at work, and to protect workers harassed by clients or customers as well as colleagues As … Continue reading

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Bectu’s equality and diversity networks

Bectu has a number of equality and diversity networks that members can join. They include: Black Bectu network …for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people working in the creative industries is a way for Bectu to be able to listen … Continue reading

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File of Four (BBC Radio 4) bullying survey details.

BBC bullying survey (as featured in the recent File on Four programme). This is a survey that was promoted by Bectu in June 2021. Details of the results are below (raw data is the property of the BBC and can … Continue reading

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File on 4 – radio programme on bullying and sexual abuse and harassment in the film and television industry.

You can listen to this here. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm, 6th July 2021. Our research with @bbcfileon4 has revealed the shocking extent of bullying and sexual harassment in the film and TV industry. Workers fear if they … Continue reading

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6ft From The Spotlight

6ft From the Spotlight is a non profit Community Interest Company set up to improving the mental wellbeing of music and film crew in the UK. Founder Matt Longley has posted on the Bectu blog here: “In the film and … Continue reading

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Treatment of young workers in TV

There’s a strong article on the Royal Television Society’s website here about the treatment of young workers in the TV sector. “I interviewed a mix of male and female professionals, spread across different TV genres, in production and post-production roles, … Continue reading

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TV firm accused of mishandling sexual assault complaint

Two female former staffers at the multi-Bafta-winning independent production company behind Netflix’s The Crown have accused it of badly mishandling a complaint about a male senior executive who sexually and physically assaulted them following a work event. From The Guardian … Continue reading

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Gender-based violence facilitated by social media

Technology facilitated gender-based violence targets women with high visibility or public presence. Report [pdf]

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Rising demand for mental health support

According to a poll from Employee Benefits, demand for mental health support from employees has risen significantly during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, according to the latest Employee Benefits poll. The research found that 80% of organisations had seen an increase … Continue reading

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Bullying and harassment initiatives in film & TV

Here’s a current list of initiatives: BFI / Bafta Bullying, Harassment and Racism Prevention – principles and guidance:  – Variety reporting on this issue here. Televisual reporting on it here. Deadline reporting here. Screenskills reporting here. Hollywood Reporter reporting here. … Continue reading

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Ending sexual harassment at work

Probably a bit short-notice now but Deeba Syed, sexual harassment lawyer and Nikki Pound, TUC Women’s Officer will be hosting a webinar explaining how union reps can help prevent sexual harassment at work on Wednesday 12th May (2pm – 3pm).

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