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Ratecard Meeting


RATE CARD MEETING Weds 12th Sept at the City Pride pub, 28 Farringdon Lane EC1R 3A. Aim for 7.30pm and the meeting proper will start at 8pm. Open to non-members.

Like last year, we will be asking you to check the Branch Ratecard is an accurate reflection of the real world.

We will also be seeking advice on the best way to obtain accurate data over the coming year and deciding how best to use the data to help members set their rates.

If you are interested in maintaining and improving pay rates, whatever production sector you are in, then this meeting is for you.

Pay-related issues for discussion include:

– Negotiations with PACT on TV drama rates.
– Concerns about 
overtime for junior grades on Major Motion Pictures.
– Clarifying ‘customary’ Prep & Wrap time for various grades will help standardise this area & which should be accounted for when setting rates.

Whether or not you can make it, don’t forget to regularly put some information into our Rates Survey.All information is welcome, but we could do with more from ‘non-drama’ sectors such as Light entertainment and Factual.

See you on Wednesday 👍


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The Major Motion Picture Agreement has been in place for feature films with a budget of £30m+ since April this year. It’s due for its first review in 2019 & the union is very keen to get feedback from members, especially if there’s anything about the agreement that isn’t working for them. In particular there has been some criticism that changes in overtime rates have led to a reduction in income for runners & other trainee grades: Spencer MacDonald, the BECTU National Secretary, has written an open letter in response & you can read that here.

If you have feedback about the MMPA please contact either the Branch here or BECTU directly here – thanks.

TV Drama: Prep & Wrap Clarification

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The Branch notes the following statement from Pact & BECTU which has been issued as a clarification regarding Prep & Wrap time on TV Drama productions taking place under the TV Drama Agreement:

“The crew member’s daily rate is deemed to include, where required, and in addition to the shoot hours worked, a specified amount of time for prep and wrap as set out in the deal memo and as is customary to that department and in accordance with current working practices. Any time worked beyond this specified prep/wrap period will be remunerated as per the agreement and at the appropriate overtime rate.”

Members are encouraged to note that this Prep & Wrap time is now included in your daily rate, therefore you should ensure you negotiate your rate accordingly.  Continue reading

Notes on the recent and proposed agreements


While we await the final full text of the proposed agreement with PACT on £30m+ films, the camera branch has produced notes on the main points. For those working in TV Drama, we also have notes on that agreement so you will know what to expect as it comes into force at the end of the year. The notes and the full agreement are available via our agreements section.