To: PACT, UK major motion picture studios’ representatives, British Film Council, BBC, Directors UK, ITV, Sky, British Screen, Advertising Producers Association, Channel 4

End long-hours culture in UK Film & TV Industries

Work with BECTU, the UK’s entertainment industry union, to establish a commission on the counterproductive long hours culture in the UK film and TV industries.

Why is this important?

Long-hours culture in film and tv bad for business, it affects safety and workers’ health and wellbeing.

BECTU is launching a detailed report, based on research among workers in the UK film and TV industry making the case about how the long-hours culture in this industry is damaging productivity and driving valuable skills out of a very important part of the UK economy.
By calling on industry bodies to work with the union and it’s members on this issue, we can build a stronger, healthier entertainment industry together.

“It's become standard practice and this obsessive culture of if you aren't putting in the hours, you aren't working hard enough. It's stupid and reckless and it's killing people. I do not wish for this to be standard practice.”


Reasons for signing

  • Name another industry would this be ‘acceptable’ in? There’s not a lot of answers to that one. Lives shouldn’t be lost because productions want to cram a couple days work into one
  • By saying nothing and doing nothing, we encourage a culture to start early, work late, be available or on-call 7 days a week, 24hrs a day, without complaint or recompense (paid or time off in lieu) - this should not be an industry "standard".
  • I've worked on film sets with 15 hr days and then without proper food or energy, only to be up again in less than 8 hours to do it again. It's dangerous and no-one can work to their fullest in those conditions. I understand it is difficult to cram in all the work on such a tight schedule but this is what needs to be planned properly by the producers.

Updates

2018-04-27 09:49:25 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-10-23 11:44:27 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-20 09:55:57 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-10-19 10:32:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-18 22:03:25 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-18 21:15:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-17 11:38:24 +0100

10 signatures reached