Bectu statement on TV Drama Agreement ballot result

1 August 2022

Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said:

“Our members have voted to overwhelmingly endorse Bectu’s position in response to the latest offer from PACT and given us a clear mandate to seek further discussions.

“The UK TV drama industry has reached a critical point, with many crew suffering from burn out and low morale and unable to sustain a family life and their own wellbeing. At a time when the industry is thriving, we know many talented workers are leaving due to the unsustainable long hours culture. It’s time to meet these issues head on with an agreement that addresses our members’ concerns and is fit for the future to ensure the industry, and its staff, thrive for years to come.

“Bectu remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement that meets our objective of improving crew wellbeing and reducing excessive and unsociable hours, and supporting industry growth. We look forward to meeting with Pact to discuss a way forward as a matter of urgency.”