Blog Archives

JOIN THE DISCUSSION! This week’s topic: Sick Pay

Why Sick Pay is Good for Everyone. You may have read on our last blog post about MPC’s sick pay policy change. But did you know that this came about from departmental meetings from employees? Meetings that were organised to

Posted in BECTU Tagged with: , , ,

Thank The Union For Paid Holiday!

If you’re on a short term contract (i.e. less than 1 year) at one of London’s Visual Effects facilities, here’s a question for you: Why do the facilities give you four weeks paid holiday? Two reasons…  1) Because if the

Posted in BECTU Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in BECTU, News Tagged with: , , ,

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

Posted in BECTU, News Tagged with: , ,

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

Posted in BECTU, News Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in BECTU Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in BECTU, News Tagged with: , , , ,

London VFX house closing shop?

    News has it that Method London is undergoing a huge restructuring which will result in the loss of many jobs during a huge shrinkage. Method currently has around 70 employees, so if true this would be a substantial

Posted in News Tagged with: , , , , , ,

TECHNICOLOR makes deal to buy THE MILL for €259 MILLION

The Mill has been bought..     More companies merging it looks like in visual effects. The Mill has been acquired by Technicolor for €259 million. I hope this doesn’t mean lay offs for any of the crew. Technicolor already

Posted in News Tagged with: , , , , , ,