Society of London Theatre and BECTU Reach Labor Agreement

by Jacob Coakley

The Society of London Theatres and BECTU have successful reached a labor agreement and averted a work stoppage for London theatres. The new agreement is for three years, and includes an initial increase of £1 extra per hour to minimum rates, eventually increasing the minimum rates by 20% over the course of the agreement.


SOLT and BECTU announce today the successful conclusions of negotiations on a new multi-year deal, conducted under the auspices of Acas yesterday.

The new agreement will run for 36 months from 1 October 2014, with new pay rates taking effect from 1 December 2014.

Both sides are pleased to have made significant progress on staff employed front of house with an initial increase of £1 extra per hour to minimum rates (or 13.4% equivalent for those on rates including commission), and a total increase in hourly pay over the course of the agreement of 20.1%.

All other staff receive an increase of 4.5% initially with a further 4% from April 2016.

Some changes to terms and conditions were agreed as part of the discussions.

Both sides will be recommending this agreement to their respective memberships.

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is the organisation which represents the producers, theatre owners and managers of the 64 major commercial and grant-aided theatres in central London. The organisation exists in order to promote theatregoing, develop audiences, and to serve, protect and promote the interests of those engaged in theatre across London, through activities including The Olivier Awards with MasterCard, TKTS ticket booth, the Official London Theatre guide, Theatre Tokens and the annual promotions Kids Week and Get Into London Theatre.