The BECTU Agreement 2021 – What You Need to Know
The British Entertainment and Media Trade Union (BECTU) has recently reached a new agreement with the UK’s largest employers’ organisation, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). This agreement, which covers terms and conditions for workers in the entertainment and media industry, is set to have a significant impact on the sector.
The BECTU Agreement 2021 – Key Details
Under the new agreement, there will be several changes to the terms and conditions of employment for BECTU members. These include:
1. A new minimum rate of pay for employees – Starting from April 2021, the minimum rate of pay for workers in the entertainment and media industry will be £10.00 per hour.
2. Improved sick pay and holiday entitlement – Workers who are entitled to sick pay will now receive a full week’s pay, rather than the previous rate of 5 days. Additionally, holiday entitlement has been increased, with employees now entitled to 28 days’ holiday per year.
3. Redundancy pay improvements – In the event of redundancy, workers will now be eligible for up to 5 weeks’ pay per year of service (up to a maximum of 25 weeks’ pay), rather than the previous rate of 2 weeks’ pay per year of service.
4. Improved parental leave – The agreement includes an increase in parental leave entitlement, with employees now eligible for up to 26 weeks’ leave (up from 18 weeks) in the first year of their child’s life.
What Does This Mean for the Industry?
The BECTU agreement is expected to have a significant impact on workers in the entertainment and media industry. For many, the changes will be welcome news, as they will bring much-needed improvements to terms and conditions of employment.
However, some may argue that the changes do not go far enough, particularly given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. It is also worth noting that the agreement only applies to BECTU members, meaning that some workers may not benefit from the improvements.
Overall, the BECTU agreement represents a step forward for worker rights in the entertainment and media industry. While there is still much work to be done to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all workers, this agreement is a positive development that should be celebrated.