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Backstage workers in the West End have voted to reject a below inflation pay increase, opening the door to a ballot on industrial action.
The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) has been in talks with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) over pay since July. It is seeking a pay rise of 6 percent for its members, underpinned by an agreement to introduce the London Living Wage (£8.80).
According to BECTU, yesterday (20 October) 97.8 percent of members voted to reject the employers' below inflation offer of "around a 1.8 percent increase". Just 2.5 percent of the membership voted to accept the offer.
SOLT, which represents theatre owners and producers across the West End, has been invited to return with a "serious pay offer with no strings attached" within the next ten days.

Published: 22/10/2014 16:20:53