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Cut low pay not jobs, says Bectu conference

by Anna Southern
Issue No. 2101

The Bectu media workers’ union held its conference in Liverpool last week.

Much discussion centred on our link to the Labour Party. An emergency proposition, which called for a ballot of members to decide whether to seek greater involvement with the Labour Party or to disaffiliate from it, was defeated.

A proposition that called on conference to disaffiliate from Labour and fight the anti-union laws was subject to a procedural motion of “move next business” so was not discussed.

In other business, a rule change was passed which made it possible for members of racist organisations to be expelled from the union.

Conference also agreed that the union should take action against production companies that expect members to work unpaid hours.

Delegates voted that the union should make representations to ensure that the Arts Council England has a transparent arts and theatre funding policy after the recent funding debacle.

The Ritzy Cinema branch, which struck over low pay and won, was given the first Roger Bolton Memorial Award for services to the union.

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Tue 13 May 2008, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2101
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