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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

  • Honestly, this industry needs to change! Honestly, working these many hours will not make the film better! You can work regular week hours and still make a great film with the only difference that many people will be happier, and will have time to focus on their relationships and families!!! Come on! It’s time to change! It’s time for us, who are willing to work in film to also have time for ourselves!
  • The hours we work in this industry are dangerous... shooting days are to long and non shooting crew ( drivers, locations assistants, caterers and facilities etc HAVE to work 16-17 hr days day in day out! (And it’s considered normal!!), I personally have had to work for more than 24 hrs on more than one occasion ... it’s time for production companies to live up to their duty of care!
  • I signed because the hours we are expected to work are rediculous and dangerous. Unsafe working practices are absolutely rife in this industry and it’s quite frankly appalling. From small production companies to national broadcasters, they all play fast and loose with staff and crews safety, physical and mental health.


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