The UK TV Drama industry has reached a critical point. Crew are feeling burnt out, disrespected and unable to sustain a family life and their own wellbeing.
This is why Bectu have been in talks with Pact with the aim to improve terms and to create a more sustainable industry for crew working in TV Drama. After many days of negotiations spanning several months, talks reached an impasse in February 2022 resulting in Bectu serving 6 months notice to withdraw from the agreement.
The current 2017 Bectu/Pact TV Drama Agreement is still current and active. Continue to use this document in talks with Producers until further notice.
What you can do to help:
- Join the TV Drama Action Network, open to members and non-members working in TV drama. Stay in touch and get updated on the latest activites
- Join the online campaign. Get your digital and social media pack here
- Are you on a great production that looks after crew or one that isnt following the TV Drama Agreement. Let us know at email@example.com
- Make campaign visible in your worksplace. Download our badges and posters or order campaign leaflets, stickers and badges.
- Spread the word. Speak to other crew, ask them to support the campaign and to join Bectu.
The LPD Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics branch have put together an open letter to show support for negotiation of the PACT/Bectu TV Drama Agreement to being as soon as possible. You can read the full informtation regarding this issue below.
Please share this letter with all your colleagues in hair, make-up and prosthetics, whether they are Bectu members or not. We need to get as many people to sign it.
Please read this information and share it with all your fellow Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics artists. You will find all the letters sent between PACT and BECTU below along with the PACT/BECTU 2017 TV drama Agreement.
If you work in television, this concerns the agreement (attached below) put in place to ensure working terms and conditions are good. This includes guides on overtime and prep and wrap to name a few. However the future of the agreement is in jeopardy and if we loose it, this will have serious implications on our working lifes.
How has this happened?
Back in 2017, BECTU and PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) negotiated an agreement to stabilise the terms and conditions of empolying freelancers in the film and TV industry. One agreement was negotiated for TV and another for Motion Pictures (the MMP agreement). Initially, the TV agreement worked well and it was due to be renegotiated in 2019 but this did not happen.
The 2017 agreement has been open to different interpretations over the intervening years. In 2019 PACT sought to ‘clarify’ certain issues in the 2017 agreement for their own members. This was not done in conjunction with BECTU and its has furher diluted the agreement causing confusion and friction between crews and producers.
What needs to be done?
A voluntary group of working artists in conjunction with BECTU officials and volunteers from all departments affected by this agreement, are striving to make sure we do not lose it.
Members of the Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics branch of BECTU are looking at how we can support the instigation of a renegotiation of the agreement. Support is our key word.
BECTU have requested a formal reply from PACT by the 1st Septmeber 2021 to acknowledge that they agree to renegotiate the agreement within a time frame. If this does not happen, BECTU have asked their members if they are willing to support action. Let us be clear, this does not automatically mean striking. Supporting action could simply be signing an open letter saying you support a renegotiation of the 2017 agreement.
This is the action we would ask our Hair, Make-up and Prostheics branch members to do. We would also seek the same support from those artists who are not BECTU members.
Ahead of the 1st September, we, as a branch, propose the following plan on behalf of our Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics colleagues-
- We will write to Spencer McDonald at BECTU reiterating that as a branch we support renegotiation but stating we welcome the opportunity to meet with PACT. This is not to negotiate terms solely for the Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics department but to clarify our job role to assist in any renegotiations. Its also contains a list of activities the above departments consider to be witin the realms of prep and wrap time.
- Send a copy of this letter to PACT.
- Create an ’emergency’ agreement which can be used by all Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics teams in TV should the 2017 agreement be dissolved. This will allow us to show an united front when being asked to work.
- Encourage our non BECTU collegues to join the union and makeup use of a new promotional joining fee of £7.50 per month — JOIN HERE
The more we are infomed about this issue, the stronger we can be. Please talk about this and reach out to your BECTU reps or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help understanding these issues or want to support us in making this happen.
In order to keep you informed, we are looking to host a webinar with a BECTU official. Details will be circulated once a date is confirmed.
Below you can find the TV Drama 2017 agreement and letters between PACT and BECTU discussing this issue