On Friday, some disgruntled Bectu members demonstrated outside the entrance to the Victoria Palace Theatre, as stars and other industry movers and shakers arrived for the lunchtime Laurence Oliviers ceremony. Bectu - the union which represents the backstage, ticketing and box office staff in the West End - has recently voted in favour of strike action over low pay. The union has been in pay rise negotiations for some time with the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the marketing body for Wet End theatre owners and producers and organisers of the Oliviers; while an agreement was reached, there has been some discrepancy about backdating pay and the percentage of increase. Backstage work is, on the whole, poorly paid; the average hourly West End rate is just £6.33, with many workers earning much less. SOLT have said any industrial action would do irreparable harm to theatreland, which is only now starting to recover following the collapse in tourism post-11 September. If and when a backstage strike might occur is still uncertain.