BECTU officials are always happy to visit sets & meet crew, and it doesn’t have to be because you need help with a specific issue – it’s good to know who your official is, so they’re familiar if you need help at a later date. It’s also useful for them to hear crewmembers’ general concerns & comments face-to-face.
In order to visit a set, officials usually need to be invited by a BECTU member & the visit needs to be cleared with production so the official has permission to be on site & can get through security. However it’s not necessary that the production office knows who it was on the crew that asked for the visit – the official just needs the name & contact details of the UPM or Line Producer from you, so they can make the arrangements without mentioning any names.
The best time for a visit is usually the lunch break; usually productions will be comfortable with having a union official visit but sometimes there can be resistance. If that’s the case, or if you want an official to meet the crew because you’re having specific problems on a job, then it may be better to do it off-site & after work, in which case the official can book a venue somewhere nearby, in a local pub for example.
A test room in prep week can also be a great place for a meeting.
If you’d like to arrange a visit from an official, please use the form below & someone will be in touch to discuss the details. Bear in mind that officials have busy diaries & they may need a bit of time to organise a visit, so the more notice you can give the better: