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Prospect and BECTU to explore merger options

Prospect and BECTU to explore merger options

Prospect is involved in early discussions with the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematographic and Theatre Union on a potential transfer of engagements.



BECTU was formed in 1991. It represents around 24,000 members in broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media. It is the major union in the BBC, independent broadcasting and in associated freelance activities.

If a transfer is agreed, BECTU would become part of Prospect in mid to late 2016. It is likely that BECTU would form part of the Communications, Digital and Media sector – subject to discussion and agreement with the sector executive and the national executive committee.

Talks between will continue over the next 12 months to determine if a merger would be practical and beneficial to both parties. Members will be kept informed of developments.