Union demonstrates outside Albert Hall after bosses refuse recognition

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Media, BECTU, Union busting

James Bond SpectreBECTU members last night protested outside the Albert Hall during the premiere of the new Bond film.

Albert Hall boss Chris Cotton has refused to recognise BECTU, despite staff voting 117-109 for recognition and despite him saying he would respect the result of the ballot.

BECTU national official Noel McClean said: “Staff have told us how disappointed they are in management’s refusal to abide by the result as certified by ACAS. Staff and the union acted in good faith in agreeing to this ballot.

“The Royal Albert Hall claims to uphold the highest standards but they are flying in the face of the globally endorsed right of working people to representation by an independent trade union. The new James Bond film Spectre may be premiering a new villain but so far as many staff are concerned the man stroking the cat is Chris Cotton. The Man With The Golden Vote appears to have decided that the only opinion that really counts is his own.”

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