Magazine article Screen International

Unions Bectu, Pact Strike 'Historic' Agreement for Big-Budget Movies

Magazine article Screen International

Unions Bectu, Pact Strike 'Historic' Agreement for Big-Budget Movies

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Unions publish ‘historic’ terms governing £30m+ productions.

Entertainment union Bectu and producers’ union Pact have struck a ‘historic’ agreement over worker conditions on movies shooting in the UK with budgets over £30m.

The long-gestating agreement, which will be implemented from April 2, 2018, regulates a variety of crew benefits and conditions including payment for night work, overtime, sixth and seventh consecutive working days, time off the clock, meal break penalties, restricted prep and wrap, and the removal of ’the grace period’.

The vote saw 87.61% of the unions’ freelance members vote yes for the new terms.

The adjustment could make a significant change to both working hours and to earnings.

While traditionally daily fees have included an hour of setting up and closing down, this will now only be 30 minutes both ways, with overtime paid outside of those times. The unions hope that this will ensure workers are paid for the hours they work, and will allow producers to combat long hours with more flexible overtime increments.

Figures drawn up by the costume and wardrobe branch of Bectu, the UK’s largest entertainment collective, highlight that a member of the department working a 10-hour day with one hour prep and one hour wrap could now earn £319, up from £270.

The new stipulations will be backed up by regular reviews, which are written into the document. …

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