Members of broadcasting union Bectu have voted “overwhelmingly” to reject the trade body pact’s latest proposal and the future of the pair’s TV drama agreement may now be in doubt.
In the past few minutes, Bectu head Philip Childs said that members had followed Bectu’s position of voting against the terms and the move gave the union a “clear mandate to discuss further”.
The disagreement pertains to areas such as working hours and wellbeing, on which the two bodies take different positions.
Childs said: “The UK TV drama industry has reached a critical point, with many crew suffering from burnout and low morale and unable to sustain family life and their well-being. At a time when the industry is thriving We know that many talented workers are leaving because of the long lasting culture. The time has come to address these issues with an agreement that addresses the concerns of our members and to ensure The future is apt for the industry and its employees to thrive in the years to come.”
Childs stressed that the union is “committed to reaching a negotiated agreement that meets our objective of improving crew well-being and reducing excessive and inconsistent hours and supporting the growth of the industry.”
The pact had previously warned that the agreement could be broken if Bectu’s base of thousands of members refused to accede to it, and union members, mainly TV workers behind the camera, have been voting for the past 10 days. .
In an unprecedented move, major producers including Banijay, Bad Wolf, Sid Gentle Films and Element Pictures last week took the “unusual step” of writing off hundreds of crews working on scripted productions and asking them to sign agreements or risk the “entire”. urged to put in. Harming scripted TV.”
That letter stated that Bectu’s terms are “seeking to place the budgets of all genres and television programs on terms and conditions that have not been used even in the highest-budget films made by US studios.”