BECTU members at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre take action over pay
Last year the BECTU members took 358,000 visitors on tours, an increase of 16% on the year before, not including the additional thousands of international students who come to the venue. Tour guides at the venue regularly take up to 60 people on a tour, bringing in an income second only to the theatre itself, with far lower overheads.
A request for a rise to £13.50 an hour was rejected by managers.
BECTU national officer Pat Styles said: “It is unfortunate that management were not prepared to move their position to meet us halfway, as we would rather not inconvenience members of the public who will now miss out on a properly guided tour of the Globe whilst our members are on strike.
“This strike could easily have been avoided if the management of the Globe were prepared to negotiate – however, they chose to spurn the numerous opportunities we presented to them to settle this matter honourably and amicably and they now face strike action by our tour guide members and the inevitable loss of revenue this will cause as a result of their decision not to negotiate with us.”
BECTU argues that the union’s claim would cost a total of circa £27,000 to settle making it clear that there is little justification for the Globe’s suggestion that the members’ pay claim is excessive or unsustainable.
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