Women’s Work in British Film and Television

Women's Work Oral Histories

Sandra Horne
ACTT (Union) Equality Officer

Horne, Sandra (ACTT Equality Officer)

Sandra Horne was born in Partick, Glasgow, in 1947 and became the first Equality Officer of the film and television trade union, ACTT, in 1982. She graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in History and Politics in the 1960s. Her early career in the Industrial Relations departments of Rolls-Royce and the Engineering Employers’ Shipbuilding and Ship Repairers Federation provided Sandra with an insight into industrial relations practice from the perspective of both the employers and the workers on the shop floor. She subsequently worked for the Commission on Industrial Relations, a government body established to investigate the conditions of industrial relations in Britain, and then as a Branch Organiser for the NALGO Gloucestershire County Council branch. Sandra worked as an Equality Officer in the ACTT between 1982 and 1987, taking a short break in 1985 to stand in as the National Organiser of the ITV Division, a role to which she was permanently appointed in 1987. In this interview Sandra primarily talks about her experience of work as an Equality Officer, discussing the impact of the role on the visibility of women’s issues on the trade union agenda and the participation of women members, as well as the hostility she encountered from the male-dominated union membership. She also contextualises her experiences within the climate of the 1980s, considering the consequences of anti-trade union legislation and the casualization of the film and television industries.

NALGO – National and Local Government Officers’ Association

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Women’s Work Oral Histories/Oral Histories/Frances Galt, Women’s Work in British Film and Television, https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/bectu/Oral Histories,Sunday 26th September 2021.

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