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MPC Rethinks Its Sickness Policy

Yesterday MPC announced a U-turn to the company’s sickness policy which had already been officially updated less than six months ago. With MPC’s management perhaps feeling pressure from the the wave of VFX unionisation sweeping the industry, freelancers on 1 year

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: Union Recognition Under Short Term Contracts

Union Recognition in an Industry with Precarious Short Term Contracts One of the biggest obstacles to achieving union recognition for many workers in the film business is the rolling project based contract. As the majority of the main workforce for

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Poll: Who Would You Like to Win the 2016 VFX Oscar?

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Quick ‘n Easy Unpaid Overtime Poll

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: BAFTA WINNERS AND NOMINEES!

CONGRATULATIONS BAFTA WINNERS AND NOMINEES! This past Sunday was the 69th British Academy Film Awards. The union members at BECTU would like to congratulate this year’s winners and runner ups. It was a brilliant year for British Visual Effects where

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An open letter to all staff at MPC

Dear MPC Employee, We are sure that you’ve heard rumblings about a bid by BECTU to achieve Trade Union Recognition at MPC. We thought that it was time for the union to write to you directly – addressing some of

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION!

What if I don’t work much VFX overtime? Not everyone has the same issues or problems while working in visual effects. There has been a lot of discussion on the topic of overtime, but what if you don’t work a

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Discounted Union Membership for a limited time only!

     Normally, your first years membership in the union is £10 per month but for a limited time, we have a special deal: Any new members working in VFX who join the union this week (before the end of

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: Contracts

In December, UK CEO Sarah Mackey stated that according to the Creative Skillset 2014 Workforce Survey ‘91% of the UK VFX workforce have a permanent contract’. However, our experience has been that this simply is not true for the vast

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: Contractual Notice

After overtime, one of the biggest gripes about working in VFX is contractual notice. Many companies have a majority of PAYE (Pay As You Earn) workers on rolling contracts that can be anywhere from 1 week to 1 year. With

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