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Present and Past Campaigns

Since the founding of the branch in 2007, we have always been a very active, campaigning branch. We are always keen to punch above our weight as a branch and establish links and dialogue with individuals and organisations across our region and the nation.

These are just some of the campaigns that we've been involved with:

Save the Bristol Old Vic

The Bristol and West General Branch formed as a result of the Bristol Old Vic closure and Arts Council cuts in 2007. Since then the branch has maintained a keen interest in the BOV's direction and development.

Keep Casualty in Bristol

Casualty had been filmed in Bristol since 1986 and pumped £24.7 million a year into the local economy. Members of the Bristol and West General Branch of Equity had been campaigning to keep production in the city since rumours of the move began in May 2008. The BBC confirmed in March 2009 that production of Casualty would definitely move from Bristol to Cardiff by 2011. Click here for a summary of our branch's campaign.

Whiteladies Picture House

The Picture House on Whiteladies Road in Bristol is a Grade II listed building, which opened in 1921. It originally housed 1,300 people in the main auditorium and was built in the Art Deco style of the era with marble pillars and floors, an original sprung ballroom and ornate plasterwork. The cinema has been closed since 2001. Our branch has pledged our support to the Whiteladies Picture House campaign, who are proposing to reopen the Picture House as a centre for the arts, where cinema, theatre, comedy and a multitude of different performing arts can thrive. This campaign has been in the face of opposition from the current owners who have previously wanted to convert the building into flats and a gym. Click here for a summary of this campaign.

Branch motions

One of the major ways that we have influence within the structure of Equity is by submitting motions to Equity Council, and the union's Annual Representative Conference (ARC). 
The following is a catalogue of most of the branch's motions. Each motion will be updated with developments in their implementation, as available.

Branch motions, in reverse chronological order:

Date of motion or ARC - Motion Topic
April 2013 - People's Assembly Against Austerity
2013 ARC - Unprofessional or unacceptable behaviour of members
October 2012 - Regional Casting
2012 ARC - Day or half-day rate theatre contracts
February 2011 - Gender and Age South West Conference
May 2010 - Manifesto for Theatre - National Strategy
2010 ARC - Regional Casting
2009 ARC - Definition of 'Regional Production'
2008 ARC - Up-front Agency fees
May 2008 - Keep Casualty in Bristol
February 2008 - Re-starting production at Bristol Old Vic