The PACT/BECTU agreement for major motion pictures, with a budget of more than $30 million, came into force on April 2, 2018. The text of the agreement and some indications are available here: after two years of negotiations, Pact and BECTU have signed an agreement on the crew in the television drama. The agreement is a major breakthrough in creating clear and fair working conditions for the benefit of all. Producers and la BECTU members unanimously supported the new agreement, with more than 97% of Bectu members voting in favour of the new conditions. The agreement was signed on May 31 by Pact Chief Executive John McVay and BECTU Chief Gerry Morrissey. The agreement on the production of TV Drama was launched on 1 December 2017 and applies to jobs managed by PACT members. An agreement that covers all the important conditions of the crew involved in the big films, with budgets of more than 30 million pounds. The agreement between UK Theatre and Bectu covers most commercial and subsidised theatres outside London. This is a set of guidelines that apply to all feature films with a budget of more than $30 million. It was adopted by a massive majority of 87.61%, and it took more than five years of negotiations to achieve it. It is a firm working agreement to which all productions must comply and which must be referred to so that producers no longer have cherry pickers! The new agreement was implemented on 2 April 2018. The agreement came into force on December 1, 2017, so that any production beginning the main photograph on or after that date is covered by the agreement.
One of the most important things that this agreement covers is transparency and clarity on rates and conditions before work begins. From December 1, anyone working on a television drama should receive a memorandum of agreement by day one. Other points include the agreement between BECTU and SOLT (Society of London Theatres) including the West End Theater in London. The agreement will be reviewed in early 2019. This will be an opportunity to see if it works, how it works and whether changes need to be made. We ask for feedback on this, both positive and negative. Especially contact if you think it has been poorly implemented or that it has worked with productions that have tried to bypass it or find ways to get around it. Please send us an email with confidence to email@example.com The full agreement can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page or on Bectu`s website. You can print and keep your own copy. Please get to know it in depth, the points highlighted above will be explained in more detail in the full document. If you have a request for the agreement or would like to report an infringement or abuse, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org The agreement contains a clause that means it is reviewed periodically, the points will be reviewed if necessary. This means that this is a step forward, but not the end goal.
Bectu has worked on negotiating a series of collective agreements covering film, television and theatre workers. We also encourage agreements that guarantee best practices such as APA and implement a number of trade evaluation systems below: this agreement will affect you when you are working on a major film defined as a film with a budget of $30 million or more. The fine details may be a little accustomed, but the most important points are covered below.