Dispute is resolved after intense talks with ACAS

Tim Lezard

Lion KingA strike by theatre workers has been called off after intensive talks resulted in a resolution.

BECTU members were poised to ballot for action after disputes on a number of issues with the Ambassador Theatre Group. The Lion King was one show that would have been affected.

BECTU official Pat Styles, leading the talks, said: “We are pleased that ATG finally came to their senses and modified their unreasonable stance by agreeing to adhere to the agreement they freely entered into with us last year, and by no longer seeking to force our members to move from weekly to monthly pay against their will.

“It is clear that our swift and unambiguous response to ATG’s unreasonable behaviour forced the company back to the negotiating table and made them understand they cannot just treat BECTU members as numbers on a balance sheet – we hope ATG will learn from this experience and treat our members with greater respect in the future.

“Plans for industrial action will not now go ahead and the union is pleased to be able to let theatre-goers know that they will be able to enjoy the shows BECTU members make possible through their hard work and professionalism without worrying whether these shows will be affected by strike action.”

The resolution of the dispute also included a pay settlement for 2013 that will be put to the relevant BECTU members in a consultative ballot shortly.

Pat Styles said: “This dispute was not one of our making and we are glad that it has been resolved satisfactorily, and that our members can now focus on the job they love – entertaining theatre-goers across the UK.”

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