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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.

At a time when the industry is thriving and studio space is being developed to keep up with high demand the UK industry needs to prioritise and invest in the greatest contributors to this success – our world class crew.

The Film and TV Charity’s ‘Looking Glass ‘21’ report showed that 65% of workers surveyed are considering leaving the industry.

Bectu is committed to fighting for a better industry

Member representatives 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.

Whilst some progress has been made during the talks the latest offer from Pact does not adequately address the current wellbeing and health & safety crisis caused by long hours and excessive pressures.

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.

‘We want a set of agreed terms that are respected by both crew and producers. The industry is booming and through these negotiations we have an opportunity to establish a more sustainable industry which respects the home lives and safety of our members’ Spencer Macdonald – National Secretary

Please visit BECTU's Work to Live Campaign website and register your support in making fundamental changes to your work/life balance.

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