The members of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera yesterday very reluctantly and by a very small majority accepted the Company’s proposals for a move to part-time contracts. The long running negotiations, which have been handled by the Musicians’ Union (MU), began as a result of the Company’s decision to reduce the current full-time contract of the players.
The proposals mean that the players will from April 2011 be offered 31 weeks work and from April 2012 a minimum annual 28 weeks of work.
The players, all of whom are MU members, believe that the proposals are artistically damaging and do not represent a viable form of employment for members of the Orchestra beyond the medium term.
Sheena Macdonald, MU Regional Organiser for Scotland says;
“We believe the Company needs to deliver more for the audiences and communities it serves. We urge the management to work together with its employees across the Company to find different and innovative ways of increasing productivity and achieving financial stability, which won’t compromise the company artistically, and will ensure the long-term future of Scottish Opera. MU officials and players representatives will now work to negotiate the best possible terms and conditions of employment for the orchestra.”Tweet