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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

  • This is one of the reasons I had to leave the industry. I loved my job, but yet to regret my decision when I hear of the hours and conditions my friends are still working with.
  • 12 on 12 off!!! (RIP Haskell Wexler)
  • I have worked in tv over 20 years. I’m finally in a position and with a company who understand. But it’s taken 20 years of missed nights out with friends, the early baby days with my son, endless feelings of guilt if you left production on time or left your child to go to work. It all depends who is top of the tree in that company because it all filters down. Instead of being at the whim of that person we need standard industry rules to live by.

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