UK media and entertainment union BECTU is looking into games working conditions

UK media and entertainment union BECTU is looking into games working conditions

The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (BECTU), the UK's entertainment and media union, is investigating working conditions in the video games industry.

The survey can be found here, and covers topics including annual salaries, bonuses, working hours and overtime.

"The video games industry can be a hugely exciting place to work, providing great jobs to thousands of people in the UK," BECTU boss Philippa Childs said.

"But we know there are also challenges that people face in their working lives, whether to do with stress, pay, long hours, or harassment where workers need to have their voice heard.

"As the leading trade union for specialists in the entertainment industry, games workers have been turning to BECTU help provide that independent, expert voice at work.

"We want to hear from as many games workers as possible so we can give MPs an accurate picture of the industry and can provide the best possible support to our current and future members in the industry."

This follows the UK chapter of Game Workers Unite becoming a fully-fledged union via Independent Workers of Great Britain gig economy union. Meanwhile, US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has come out in support of unionisation in the video games industry

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