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Cut low pay not jobs, says Bectu conference

13 May 2008
The Bectu media workers’ union held its conference in Liverpool last week.

Reports round-up

22 January 2008
BBC workers need action over cuts The strike ballot of up to 10,000 BBC workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions was set to end on Wednesday of this week.

All out for yes vote at BBC

04 December 2007
Up to 10,000 workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions at the BBC are balloting for strike action against devastating compulsory redundancies. The ballot closes in the second week of January.

BBC union reps vote to reject management pay offer

12 June 2007
Workers at the BBC could join the pay revolt. A national meeting of Bectu, NUJ and Amicus union reps voted unanimously last week to reject the BBC’s pay offer.

Reports round-up

05 June 2007
Ritzy cinema workers strike again Workers at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, south London, struck for a second time on Saturday of last week. The Bectu union members, who voted to strike unanimously, are fighting against poverty pay.

Cinema staff at Brixton's Ritzy strike over pay

29 May 2007
Workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton in London, members of the Bectu union, went on strike last weekend over poverty pay.

Battle at BBC over cuts

24 February 2007
Thousands of members of the NUJ journalists' union are set to strike at the BBC on Monday over compulsory redundancies. Members of the Bectu union working for BBC News in London were also set to strike.

Action scheduled at BBC

17 February 2007
Members of the NUJ and Bectu media unions at the BBC have announced that they will strike on Monday 26 February in a dispute over job cuts.

Strike vote at ITN

13 January 2007
Members of the Bectu and NUJ media workers’ unions at news provider ITN are set to strike on Tuesday of next week.

Reports round-up

25 November 2006
BBC strike Some 100 Bectu union members working for BBC News in London struck over new working patterns on Tuesday of last week.

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.


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.

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