Backstage and front-of-house workers' union BECTU has said this week that its members are seeking a 6% pay rise, when the pay review takes place in October. Taking place against a backdrop of rising box office takings and an increase in the cost of living over the last few years, the proposed deal would also bring the London Living Wage into play.
This would make a big difference to those on the lowest pay grades - including some front front of house staff. A two-tier London weighting system would provide the bedrock of the new wage calculations. Front of house staff in particular have been vocal about low pay rates in the West End - especially with some musicals' top price 'premium' tickets coming in at £90+.
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