U.K. directors' body inks deal with union

Directors U.K., BECTU agree to act together

LONDON -- Fledgling collecting society and campaigning body Directors U.K. has struck a "groundbreaking" agreement with the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union for the repping of British screen directors.

Under the deal, BECTU acknowledges the right of Directors U.K. to negotiate fees, terms and conditions with U.K. employers on behalf of film and television directors. At the same time, Directors U.K. acknowledges BECTU's status as the independent trade union repping workers at large in the film and television industries.

The two indie bodies also said that they will consult with each other should any overlap in jurisdiction occur.

"For as long as I have been working in this industry, screen directors' interests have been looked after by a splintered set of bodies," Directors U.K. board member and longstanding BECTU member Peter Kosminsky said Tuesday. "Now, with Directors U.K. in active negotiation with all the main U.K. broadcasters, we stand a chance of beginning to claw back some of our lost creative influence."