Earlier this year we hosted a meeting with BECTU in which they responded to costume professionals concerns. Amongst the issues raised were pay, conditions, job recognition, parity with stage departments and respect. The issue of membership was a sensitive one with many feeling previously let down by BECTU and understandably reticent to join.
BECTU laid out their vision for how the union might support costume professionals in the future if membership picks up and more costume workers are willing to get involved with grass roots activities. We at CITA were greatly encouraged by this renewed commitment and as a show of faith we are encouraging costume professionals to join and get active.
Amongst the positive moves from BECTU is the understanding that so many of us are freelancers and do not solely work in one building therefore our concerns are not catered for by the BECTU members in the branch, BECTU have responded by creating a costume forum for freelancers in London, this group is dedicated to freelance costume concerns. Currently also in creation is a pamphlet with costume workers rights and agreements spelled out and portable in a pocket size guide. Currently also underway is the formation of a steering committee to create a rate card for Supervisors. We encourage all costume professionals to get involved and make their voices heard.
Things are changing, be part of the change.