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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

  • It’s so detrimental to our health and that’s not taking in to account of sleeping at the wheel!
  • When everyone is working on a buy out, the easiest way to make unrealistic budgets stretch is by shortening the schedule - so production companies and channels are continuing to turn a profit whilst people on the ground pick up the slack, allowing relationships and mental health to suffer.
  • I work in the US, but have many friends working in the UK. For the most part I’m envious but then I hear about your long hours and minimal turn arounds and I’m so thankful that I have a union that obligates that I need to have a certain amount of rest before I can return.

Updates

2019-05-10 16:35:53 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

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