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

  • I too have fallen asleep at the wheel after a dangerously little amount of sleep the night before and a week of consistently incredibly long working days
  • Working for the BBC at the moment 12hr split days in the center of London meaning we are doing a absolute minimum of 14hrs a day. BBC are the biggest oldest and possibly the most prestigious Broadcasting organization in the World supposedly. They should be leading by example, shame on them.
  • I worked as an AD for a year and a half before moving into another department and sector of the industry (commercials, content, music videos). This was the main factor in my decision to call it quits - the hours were all consuming, I'd go weeks without seeing friends and family, and its started to have a direct effect on my health. I met some amazing people and worked on some amazing jobs, but the sacrifice was too high for me - there has to be a balance between work and personal life.


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

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

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