Category Archives: Trades Unions

Bectu: “Do Nothing To Undermine The IATSE Action,”

Bectu has, once again, come out strongly in support of IATSE’s threatened strike action next week, as reported in Deadline earlier today. Head of Bectu, Philippa Childs has urged members to “go further and show solidarity” posting photos with colleagues … Continue reading

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IATSE ramps up the pressure: a deal – or a strike on Monday!

IATSE has ramped up the pressure, publishing a Strike Clock counting down to midnight on Monday morning. In a message circulating IATSE members, the line is…. “AMPTP has until Monday 18th at 12:01 am to make us a better offer. … Continue reading

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Why unions matter – the economic argument

Here’s a web page that I return to fairly regularly when thinking about wage growth (or lack thereof). Firstly, there this:   And then there’s this: See the link?  

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How you can support IATSE

Here’s a link to IATSE’s campaign toolkit – lots of resources you can use to show your support.

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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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Highway Code updated – new penalties for being too tired to drive

Every UK driver could face ‘unlimited fines’ under new sleeping law. (Manchester Evening News) This should be of interest to all Bectu members working in production, as well as being useful evidence in support of the campaign we are running … Continue reading

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IATSE votes overwhelmingly to mandate coast-to-coast strike action

BREAKING: IATSE Members in TV and Film Production Voted to Authorize the first nationwide industry strike in our 128-year history. 98.68% voted yes, and voter turnout among eligible members was nearly 90% #IASolidarity #IATSEVoted pic.twitter.com/F4wx8cPubi — IATSE // #VoteYES (@IATSE) … 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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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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TUC Congress – online this year

This year’s conference, “Unions building dignity at work” has a public link that allows everyone to watch #TUC21 online. From the TUC September 2021 email: “As we recover from the pandemic, how do we build a world of work that … Continue reading

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New ‘Producers Union’ in the US

In the context of some very real fears about a further shift in the balance of power in the film industry, away from the people who make them and into the hands of highly consolidated corporations that have the cash-reserves … Continue reading

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TUC webinar on safe working restrictions

The TUC are encouraging people to sign up for their national webinar on the 28th July, which is focused on organising to keep work safe as restrictions end. The government has said social distancing and face coverings are no longer … 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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TUC calls for furlough to be extended to match lockdown extensions

Frances O’Grady: “Government must delay asking businesses to make contributions to the furlough scheme in July and extend the scheme as long as needed.”

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Unions co-ordinating globally to challenge Amazon

Amazon workers from Italy to India are uniting to form a global movement that may have found Jeff Bezos’s Achilles heel.

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Uber recognition deal with the GMB

A minor bombshell, GMB and Uber have agreed a recognition deal. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the agreement would give Uber drivers “a real voice at work”.

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New research on hybrid working and the right to disconnect

New polling highlights workers’ experiences of lockdown and their views on the future of work. 37% of workers would prefer to be mostly, or completely, office-based 24% want to work mostly, or completely, from home About 40% hope for a … Continue reading

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Rentier capitalism

As Christine Berry says, replacing rentier capitalism is one of the defining challenges of our age. She reviews two books here on the OpenDemocracy website. ‘Rentier Capitalism’ by geographer Brett Christophers ‘Unions Renewed’, Alice Martin and Annie Quick. This, on … Continue reading

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