circ_bamboo (circ_bamboo) wrote in little_details,

UK Musicians' Union, BECTU, and Union Solidarity

Time: Current
Place: UK (specifically London)

Searched: Wikipedia, each of the relevant Unions' websites, the Barbican Centre's website and wikipedia page, all of the tags on this comm

1.) In the UK--London, and the Barbican Centre specifically--if one is putting on a solo classical music recital that one has rented out the space for (yes, I know it's prohibitively expensive there), is one expected to use the stagehands provided by the Centre/does the Centre have available stagehands? Or do you hire in freelancers? It's not part of a recital series.

2.) If yes, are those stagehands members of a union like BECTU (or if not that one, which one?)? The BECTU website is extremely vague; I gather that these people could be members but not that they are. BECTU does, from what I can find, represent theatrical stagehands but this is classical music, albeit at the same venue/type of venue.

3.) If BECTU were to go on strike at a particular location, would the MU (or any affiliated union) feel the need to rearrange their lives to promote union solidarity? Barring any union-rules reason, would a union member in good standing feel the need to respect the strike?

To be a little more specific: I have a pair of (union) musician characters who are playing a recital in a hall at the Barbican Centre. I have another character who is trying to screw up this recital by various means, up to and including a strike, but I was hoping to have it be the stagehands who went on strike, not the musicians (various reasons). I'm fairly certain that in the US if IATSE went on strike at a specific location, the AFM classical musicians there, if it was a problem with the management of the hall/center, would decamp to another location if possible or at least threaten to strike as well.

4.) If all else fails, I can make it so they hired freelance union stagehands (for a handwave-y reason), and give one of the musicians a union-y-ness such that he'd rather cancel the concert than hire scabs (also: they are called scabs over there, yes? Google seems to think so). Is this realistic or at least plausible in the UK, among union classical musicians? It could be in the US, which is why I'm asking.

Thanks so much in advance!
Tags: uk (misc), ~music, ~music: classical music

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