Category Archives: Recruitment and organising

Participatory democracy – how to do it well

A freelance union branch has to decide what its policies (e.g. ratecards,  policies on how the industry should be managed and run, etc) and how it is going to implement them (democratic collective action – sticking together on key points … Continue reading

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BECTU declares ‘biggest push’ in its history to improve freelancers’ rights

If you don’t want it from the horse’s mouth, you can get it from The Stage [£]. “BECTU has launched a new branch for theatre freelancers, which it says is the biggest push in the union’s history to improve the … Continue reading

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DNEG to pay overtime

A major UK VFX facility has finally broken ranks and agreed to pay overtime rates for all work recorded over 40 hours in a week. “Beginning in October, we will pay overtime at 1.5x rate for any incremental time that … Continue reading

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Making union communications more accessible

Making union communications more accessible https://t.co/wLuiIAJ5Me — Bectu (@bectu) September 9, 2021

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TUC Digital Lab – ‘Adapting to the new normal for trade unions’ includes Bectu case study

The TUC is circulating a new report that they have drafted outlining how unions are “adapting to the new normal for trade unions” “The last 18 months have been a time of drastic change. Along with the rest of society, … Continue reading

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Bectu Intimacy Co-ordinators events

Our @BectuIntimacy branch is hosting a series of summer talks this weekend open to everyone on the amazing work they do to ensure wellbeing and consent on set. Thread below with all the details and links… ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XHIfaP2dYN — Bectu … Continue reading

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Why no contracts can be an advantage in gig worker organising

Over on Brave New Europe, Robert Ovetz argues that the lack of contractual rules governing platform workers could actually be an advantage for organised gig workers, who are increasingly relying on maximum disruption of the capital accumulation process.

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Understanding the roles of the Hair, Makeup and Prosthetic department

Bectu’s London Production Division branch representing people working in Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics has produced an excellent ‘College Pack‘ that includes briefings on ‘knowing your worth’, Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion sector roles and lots of other guidance that is … Continue reading

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GDPR for union reps

Bectu has some guidance that is available on request from your branch official. There is a ‘Freelance Guide to Data Protection and Tracey Hunt does a GDPR for reps course too (the slides of which may be of interest). I … Continue reading

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