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BECTU signs historic drama sector agreement with Pact

It is the first sector agreement covering crew in TV drama since 2003

Media and entertainment trade union BECTU has signed the first sector agreement covering crew in TV drama since 2003.

In May, BECTU members were balloted on a new TV drama sector agreement that the union has been negotiating with the employers’ organisation PACT since 2015. The ballot closed on Friday May 26th with a 97.4 per cent endorsement of the union’s recommendation to accept the terms that had been negotiated.

Under the Agreement, crew engaged on a TV drama will have a full statement of their terms and conditions at the start of their engagement. They will be provided with a “deal memo” that details pay rates, hours, planned locations and other important terms and conditions.

This will protect all crew working on the production, and under the Agreement crew will not be asked to start work without knowing their rates, terms and conditions.

Full details of the Agreement can be found on BECTU’s website.

Head of BECTU, Gerry Morrissey said, “The union is very pleased with the ringing endorsement that our members have given to our negotiators. We believe that this agreement is a step in the right direction. It represents improvements in the terms and conditions that our members work under, and it creates a standard of consistency that helps everyone in the industry.”