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12/05/2009

Bank Holiday Win For Construction Crews

Film industry construction crews have successfully defended their paid bank holidays on major feature films in UK studios, BECTU has announced.
After a dispute which flared up after Easter, construction crews will continue to be paid for bank holidays in addition to their statutory holiday pay.
The disagreement was resolved on Clash of the Titans earlier this month, following mass meetings of construction crews and a meeting with management. Warner Brothers, the producers, have also agreed to apply the established formula on the latest Harry Potter production.
The issue has also been resolved on Universal's film, Nottingham, after construction crew members gave a week's notice to terminate their contracts.
Martin Spence, BECTU's Assistant General Secretary, said: "When you cut through the complexity of legal changes and statutory entitlements, at root this was a straightforward issue: members saw a long-standing right being taken away and they weren't having it. They stood firm and this is a great result."
An increase in statutory holiday entitlement was introduced on April 1.
Up-to-date recommended rates for certain production grades can be found at: www.bectu.org.uk/advice-resources/rates.
(KMcA/JM)
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