Magazine article Screen International

BECTU, PACT Seek "Historic" Reform

Magazine article Screen International

BECTU, PACT Seek "Historic" Reform

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EXCLUSIVE: Union and producers association meeting this month to thrash out long-gestating 'blue book'.

UK union BECTU and producers association PACT will meet at least four times in January and February in an attempt to push through long-gestating film employment reform.

The meetings will be hosted by dispute mediator ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

The parties have been trying to agree the terms of a revised industry 'blue book' which will set out clearer guidelines around crew working hours, overtime, turnaround, break time and compensation.

The employment agreement will cover all feature films shot in the UK, from micro-budget productions through to inward investment tent-poles.

Despite discussions beginning almost two years ago, officials Screen spoke to from both sides expressed optimism that a resolution could be reached early this year.

PACT chief John McVay described the potential employment agreement to Screen as "the first in a very long time":

"If we can arrive at a collective agreement, we will have the clearest terms, conditions and pay rates for film in a very long time."

One BECTU official Screen spoke to described the employment reform as potentially "historic". …

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