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|West End Wages Raised Off Stage|
- Theatre workers call off strike
THE UNION for backstage, ticketing and box office staff in the West End has called off the strike threatening 37 of London's commercial theatres. The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union has accepted the Society of London Theatre's offer of an 11.3% pay rise.
Come October 7 the average hourly rate for West End workers will increase from UKP6.33 to UKP7.15, substantially more than the 1.6% pay rise initially offered by SOLT to BECTU members. 71% of BECTU members voted in favour of the offer, made in response to 93% of workers' decision to take industrial action over poverty wages.
BECTU has been campaigning since November 2001 for the wages of permanently employed, contract and freelance workers within the theatre industry. The union's national organiser Mark David-Gray says he is delighted by the well-deserved pay increase. "West End theatres make millions every year while our members struggle with the cost of living in London every day and deserve recognition," says David-Gray.