A new agreement has been signed covering staff working across television dramas and comedies.

It comes following negotiations between the union, Bectu and independent production organisation, PACT.

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Last month, Bectu members were balloted on the terms, with 97.4% of respondents endorsing it.

“The union is very pleased with the ringing endorsement that our members have given to our negotiators. We believe that this agreement is a step in the right direction. It represents improvements in the terms and conditions that our members work under, and it creates a standard of consistency that helps everyone in the industry,” explained Head of BECTU, Gerry Morrissey.

It will mean that crew engaged on a TV drama will have a full statement of their terms and conditions at the start of their employments. This will include pay rates, hours and planned locations.

A weekly rate will be replaced by a daily rate and there will be a restriction on the number of 6-day weeks in a worker’s shooting schedule, along with a £100 penalty each time this cap is broken.