BRANCH HISTORY & AIMS

HISTORY

With the development of the Intimacy Coordinator role in the United Kingdom there was a need for a branch, rate card, terms and conditions and space for ICs to discuss their practice. 

In late 2019 Bectu Representative Nia Hughes and Intimacy Coordinator Yarit Dor initiated discussions about opening a Bectu branch for Intimacy Coordinators. Later on, Enric Ortuño and Elizabeth Talbot  joined their discussions and soon after the majority of the UK intimacy coordination community gathered to open the Bectu branch. 

In August 2020 the branch was formed and became a roof for UK intimacy coordinators from the various trainings and role pathways. 

"A new role that lasts is not created by one person. It is created and rooted by a full community of practitioners that develop it, practice it and actively advocate for it. Bectu Union has given us a space to bring all UK intimacy coordinators for screen together to collaborate so this new role can grow. I truly hope that this branch will lead to significant change in our industry ." (Yarit Dor, Branch Chair 2020-2022)

MAIN AIMS

 To protect and improve conditions in the workplace.

To negotiate, establish, protect and update rates of pay for all ICs and Trainee-ICs represented by the branch. 

To establish a benchmark standard for ICs & Trainee-ICs working in the industry. 

To work towards raising awareness of the safety responsibilities and unique duties of Intimacy Coordinators in the working environment for the benefit of members and employers alike.

To promote cooperation and support with all relevant guilds and other BECTU branches and to promote the sharing of knowledge for the benefit of all.

To be mutually supportive of all members with regard to all issues concerning working as an Intimacy Coordinator and/or Trainee.

To establish excellent and productive working relationships with employers and employers’ organisations.

To be open to dialogue and consultation with other organisations and to work in cooperation with those organisations to achieve the above aims.

 To work to eliminate bullying and all forms of discrimination experienced by ICs and Trainee-ICs and also to eradicate any bullying perpetrated by Intimacy Coordinators towards each other.