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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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Feedback on the union from someone who’s worked in vfx

Please enjoy this guest blogpost from Jason Mayer, an executive board member for The Animation Guild, Local 839 in Los Angeles and an fx artist working at DreamWorks Animation. What? I Got a Job! I began my film VFX career in

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 5

MPC says: ‘A union could mean that just 40% of the workers can decide the fate of everyone else’ This is either a misunderstanding of how union recognition works, or is a deliberate attempt to put workers off of unionisation by

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 4

MPC says: ‘For things to get fairer for everyone, seniors, leads and supes will have to accept a pay cut.’ Again, not true – this is an attempt to turn different workers against each other. Our response to this is exactly

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 3

MPC says: ‘If a union is recognised, then it’s no longer possible for us to reward good workers with pay increases’ Again, not true. Just because a union has been recognised, it doesn’t mean that pay agreements with the workers suddenly

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 2

MPC says: ‘If one department unionises, then we’ll have to cut everyone else’s pay by 20% to pay for it’ It’s hard to take this excuse as anything other than blackmail, and an attempt to turn VFX workers against each

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 1

MPC says: ‘The pot is not bottomless – if VFX workers want paid overtime/sick pay/job security/etc, then something’s got to give’ Naturally – this is not an unreasonable position for a company to take. BECTU is being guided by its members,

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First VFX Lunch Meet of 2016!

Hope you’ve all had some wonderful holiday fun and relaxation. We here at the VFX Forum can proudly announce that the Thursday VFX Lunch Meet is back on after our little break for seasonal festivities. Please come and join us –

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New Year, New VFX Industry!

What a year! 2015 saw the comp department at MPC here in London unionise and 2016 promises many more exciting developments for the VFX Union – starting with the big meeting next Wednesday the 13th of January! Unionise VFX London 2016! BECTU is unionising

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Thursday VFX Lunch Meet today!

The comp department at MPC has unionised and this is an historic moment for the visual effects industry! This is not about one department in one company. We want all the departments at MPC to join comp and unionise. We

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