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 know the intense hardship that filmmakers go through and seen the arduous hours that can be worked by many and so strongly believe that this needs to become widely recognised and understood as a very pressing issue within the creative and film industries.
  • Because worldwide, the TV and film production industry has become more and more callous to the harm it inflicts on its crews. We are the backbone of the entertainment industry, but we are seen by production as so much fodder to be used and discarded. LONG HOURS KILL.
  • bECAUSE THE ABUSE HAS GOT WORSE AND NO ONE IN PRODUCTION FROM A GENERATION WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO STOP IT AS THE GENERATION BEFORE THEM DIDNT EITHER, SO WE NEED TO BREAK THIS CYCLE AND RETURN TO A MORE CIVILISED WORK ENVIRONMENT.

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