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BBC pensions

06 May 2006
‘The four BBC unions met last week – the NUJ, Bectu, Amicus and the Musicians’ Union – and everyone agreed that the BBC’s pensions proposals were completely unacceptable.

BBC workers

05 November 2005
The NUJ and Bectu unions are campaigning against the BBC’s plans to axe foreign language services at BBC World Service, threatening 283 staff with redundancy.

BBC workers discuss their next move

18 June 2005
The dispute at the BBC over 3,800 job cuts is at a crucial stage. Union leaders from Bectu, the NUJ and Amicus unions met the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, on Wednesday of last week.

Safety battle could mean no curtain up in Edinburgh theatres

14 May 2005
The King’s and Festival theatres in Edinburgh face a summer of strikes as Bectu union members have begun a ballot for strike action over compulsory redundancies. Staff also allege that management are deliberately ignoring health and safety laws.

ITV strike forces improved pay offer

23 April 2005
Strike action by workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV has forced management to make an improved offer over pay.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

84 percent for action at BBC

17 July 2004
MEMBERS OF the Bectu broadcasting union at the BBC have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against the privatisation of the corporation’s information technology operation, BBC Technology.

Broadcasting workers

15 May 2004
AROUND 150 delegates attended the annual Bectu broadcasting workers' union conference in Liverpool last weekend. The conference agreed that Bectu would support future anti-war demonstrations and to donate money to the Stop the War Coalition.

One third vote against Labour affiliation in Bectu union ballot

06 December 2003
MEMBERS OF the Bectu broadcasting union have voted to retain the union's affiliation to the Labour Party.


06 December 2003
ALMOST 40 reps from the Amicus, Bectu and NUJ unions representing Granada workers met with their full time broadcast organisers at the ITV unions' campaign meeting last week.


24 May 2003
DELEGATES AT the annual conference of the broadcasting and entertainment union Bectu delivered a blow to New Labour last weekend. They went against the union's leadership and carried a motion demanding a membership-wide vote on the union's affiliation with the Labour Party. The vote produced a 61 percent majority in favour, with delegates casting branch votes of 9,165 votes for and 5,960 against.

Strikes go centre stage

24 November 2001
Backstage staff at the Royal Shakespeare Company, based in London, have voted to take strike action at Christmas. The workers, members of the BECTU union, voted by nine to one in favour of strikes.

Royal Shakespeare Company

15 September 2001
PRODUCTION workers at the Royal Shakespeare Company are to strike this weekend over redundancies. The dispute will threaten disruption to performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, says the BECTU union.

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