Vancouver’s IATSE local 891 blog posted this interesting info:
Recently we became apprised of BECTU’s outreach to VFX artists working in London, England. BECTU is the UK’s media and entertainment trade union, the voice for British entertainment workers. In the interest of those readers who are working in the UK or maybe planning to in the future, the following was sent out to VFX artists working at companies known for noncompliance with employment laws:
I’m not very familiar with BECTU or even the latest happenings of the UK industry but I think they might have traction in the areas of salary and overtime. Each region has it’s goods and bads. I’ve written a lot about them for California especially pertaining to the health insurance situation, but the UK and Canada health care problems aren’t as bad. However, many UK artists are on day rates and the salaries are quite low when you factor in London being one of the most expensive places to live in the world.
If you are a UK artist that contacts them let me know. I’d be interested in hearing how it works and would be happy to forward any info to help out.
You all wanted a global union, it seems we are slowly creeping towards it.