Massive support for UK Theatre pay deal

5 June 2015

BECTU members have today posted a massive vote in favour of a two-year pay deal for workers in regional theatre.

At the close of the ballot at 12.00 noon the result was a majority of 94.3% of votes in favour, with 5.7% against.

Members' acceptance of the pay proposal means that wage rates will increase by 3% backdated to April this year, with 3% to follow from April 2016.

The proposal followed negotiations with employer representatives from UK Theatre. 

In December 2014, BECTU submitted a 5% pay claim and signalled the start of a concerted effort to secure the introduction of the living wage as the basis for pay at the 200-plus venues covered by the BECTU/UK Theatre agreement. 

The employers' pay proposal was also linked to an agreement to establish a working party, with agreed terms of reference, to determine how the sector should implement the living wage.

Noel McClean, national official, said:

"This is a huge endorsement, not just of the two-year pay offer, but also of the wider strategy of improving wage levels in the industry underpinned by the living wage."

Once the working party gets underway it will meet over a maximum 18 month period. 

BECTU is ready to commence these longer term negotiations and will consult with members and report back as the discussions progress.

Also this year UK Theatre members, taking part in a survey backed by BECTU, pointed to the improvements they wish to see in several areas, including pay, hours and contracts.

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