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Camera Branch Climate and Sustainability Meeting 12th May

From the Branch Climate and Sustainability Officer:
The Climate and Ecological Crises (CEC) threatens wellbeing and prosperity worldwide. With the effects of the crises becoming more and more clear with each passing day, how do we keep pace with the change ahead? As an industry with high levels of CO2 emissions and poor waste management, change is both necessary and daunting.

So how does BECTU as a Union address this challenge and lead in the fight against the CEC?

Union Issue

  • The CEC will have a huge impact on the global economy
  • Large loss of jobs on current path
  • Creation of jobs through a “just transition” if action is taken
  • Changing attitudes
  • Social Justice
  • Human Rights

Film and TV

  • Huge amounts of waste
  • High CO2 emissions
  • Lack of oversight
  • Sustainability viewed as a hindrance to creativity

Possible Changes

    • Branch level:
      • Environmental audit
      • Climate and Sustainability branch and Union Committee
    • Moving Image Industry level:
      • Crew:
        • Mindset change. Sustainability considered at all stages
        • Discuss with production
      • Production:
        • Work with other unions and organisations eg PACT, APA, Albert etc
        • Green TV and Film Agreement
        • Mandatory recording and sharing of environmental data
      • Industry Service and Supplies Providers:
        • Target studios for sustainable policies
        • Sustainable practices at Rental houses
        • Sustainable products from providers
      • Employers:
        • Demand Environmental standards from large scale employers e.g. Netflix, HBO, Amazon etc
        • Target programmers to highlight climate crises on screen
    • Society and Politics:
      • Ensure sustainability is high on agenda at Prospect
      • Lobby government for clear leadership on transition to low carbon future.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

ONLINE Camera Branch General Meeting

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The rate card meeting will still take place on the first of April, but it will be online using the Zoom system. We have pulled it forward – 1:45pm to join, starting at 2pm.

We will discuss new drafts of the rates cards. There will also be a Q&A with BECTU’s research officer on options for support during the lock down.

This one is members only and registration is required as the system only allows 100 attendees. Please submit your questions in advance and we will endeavour to get the answers for you, and then follow up with more discussion.

CORONAVIRUS – SAFETY & SUPPORT

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COVID-19 SAFETY:

The Camera Branch is aware that the industry is beginning to think about going back to work & how we can do that safely. This situation is changing rapidly so this section will be updated frequently:

● The branch committee is of the opinion that it is currently too soon to know whether it is safe to go back to work, and is aware that some employers appear to be attempting to hurry crew back without proper regard for safety. We believe safety must be the priority, and no-one should be asked to work in an unsafe environment.

● Therefore the branch has set up an ANONYMOUS UNSAFE WORKING REPORT FORM which is open to members & non-members to report concerns about health & safety with regard to Covid-19. The branch will be monitoring this closely – however any member who has immediate concerns or needs to talk to an official should contact BECTU directly on covid19@bectu.org.uk or call 020 7346 0900 during office hours.

● You can also read the government guidance for reporting of coronavirus incidents in the workplace under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) HERE. Your employer is obliged to report a ‘dangerous occurrence’ if an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus, and must also report any actual cases or deaths that happen as a result.

● The Camera Branch has released a joint statement with the BSC, the ACO, and the GBCT about when & how we go back to work – you can read that HERE.

● BECTU’s Coronavirus Information Hub is here: https://bectu.org.uk/coronavirus/

● Spencer MacDonald, the National Secretary of BECTU, has written to members of the London & Regional Production Divisions on the 4th May outlining the union’s approach to Covid-19 safety, and you can read that letter HERE.

● The British Film Commission is running a consultation process with industry stakeholders to write a film & TV industry ‘Covid-19 Safety Manual’. BECTU is represented on the BFC working group which means the union has had a significant contribution to this process. Initially written & driven through by the Assistant Directors’ Branch, and then with contributions from the craft branches & others, BECTU’s submission went to the BFC on 1st May 2020. You can read that HERE.

● The BFC have used the submissions it received to produce a draft ‘Code of Practice’, which came back to BECTU for comment on the 5th May. Reps edited the draft in several meetings before re-submitting it to the BFC on the 15th May. The Code of Practice will then be checked by the Health & Safety Executive before being submitted to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport for publication.

● For clarity: this document is about safety issues only & does not address any of the questions of insurance, sick pay or other terms & conditions that may arise because of the virus or the safety precautions required to protect crew. The branch committee and many members have concerns about these issues & the committee has asked BECTU to address them in an all-branch-reps meeting as soon as possible, before people go back to work.

● The branch is aware that early drafts of the BFC safety document and BECTU’s submission are being circulated by agents, diary services, and by crew on social media. To give some context, these documents are now out of date. If you see these documents being circulated, please refer people back to this webpage.

 

 

GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

LINKS FROM ELSEWHERE:

Bectu officials will be available to speak with you throughout this difficult period, so if you have any questions get in touch – phone 020 7346 0900 or email covid19@bectu.org.uk.

Meeting & Social, Old Street.

Our next Meeting and Social is in Old Street on the 15th of February. It’s a new member special, but there will be information of interest to all.

We’ll put out a buffet at 1pm and members get a free drink also. Non-members can attend. There will be a discount for those joining on the day.

The venue is The Angel Pub, which is located at 73 City Road, EC1Y 1BD (Old Street tube).

You can download an agenda in advance, though printed copies will be available.

See you there!

Camera Branch Diversity networking event at the BSCexpo

The BSC Expo takes place on the 31st of January & 1st of February in Battersea Park. The Camera Branch diversity representative has set up an event to improve the poor representation in the camera department. We hope a networking event will bring talented women and ethnic minority camera professionals to the attention of those with hiring power in the industry.

The initiative is in partnership with Primetime, a visibility platform aiming to address the gender imbalance in the film and television industry, with thanks to Digital Orchard for hosting the event in their New Talent Bar at the BSC Expo. It is also supported by Imago, Illuminatrix, the British Blacklist and Women Behind the Camera.

Camera branch’s new equality and diversity officer Catherine Goldschmidt commented: “We recognise that, like much of film and television production, there is substantial under-representation of BAME and female talent in the camera department. Because so many breaks are down to who you know, we wanted to introduce women and minority ethnic people working in camera and related grades to those who hire crew members.”

BECTU diversity officer Janice Turner added: “We are delighted at the positive and enthusiastic response from top cinematographers and the British Society of CInematographers to our initiative – we hope the contacts made at the meetings during BSC Expo result in useful information and more opportunities for women and BAME technicians in camera.”

Tim Bertani, secretary of BECTU’s camera branch, said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for talented professionals to widen their networks”.

To apply, you need to download the flyer, select who you’d like to meet and send your C.V. with contact details to the organisers by the 27th of January. Registration for the BSCexpo is free.

Camera Branch Meeting & Social, Saturday, 16th November

The Camera Branch General Meeting and Social is on Saturday the 16th of November from 2pm. It’s in The Apollo Room, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, Greater London, EC1R 0EG. The nearest tube is Farringdon which is about 5mins away (map here).

As usual, members get their first drink free (bring your member number or register) and there will be a buffet supplied to kick off the social part of the meeting.

We’ll be starting with some presentations on getting the most out of the union: how it is organised, deals for members and most importantly, how to get things done.

Then we will have updates on branch projects like the low budget initiative, a survey of camera people in the factual sector and a proposal for helping you improve your rates.

After industry updates, there will be time for general chat, socialising & networking.

If you could use this eventbrite link to register, that will help us estimate the numbers and provide accordingly, but it is not required. We can confirm that we will be running a reduced sign up fee on the day for any non-members who would like to join: £7.50 per month for the first year.

General Meeting & Social, Saturday 2nd March

Camera Branch General Meeting, 2nd of March

 

The Camera Branch General Meeting and Spring Social is on Saturday the 2nd of March from 2pm. It’s in The Orchard Room, The Green Man, 36 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, London. W1W 7EP.

A month before the new financial year, we’ll be starting with some presentations on matters important to your bank account. BECTU Research officer Tony Lennon will update on the ‘Making Tax Digital’ changes that are coming up. Branch Official Sean Kelly shall introduce the auto-enrollment pension scheme that will soon be extending to the self-employed. Our Chair will then focus on rates, including our key tool, the branch Rate Card.

Also, we will have short introductions to some branch projects. We’ll be presenting our Low-budget action plan, our new Script Supervisors Association, a Factual sector survey and a guide to the the TV Drama agreement.

After general updates on the industry, it will be time for general chat, socialising, networking etc. Members get their first drink free (bring your card / number). There will be buffet food on the side. If you could use this eventbrite link to register, that will help us estimate the numbers and provide accordingly.

We can confirm that we will be running a reduced sign up fee on the day for any non-members who would like to join. £7.50 per month for the first year.

You can download a copy of the agenda here. We look forward to seeing you!