Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


DBS Guide for employers

25 November 2015

General - 129kb PDF

This document is designed to be used by members by passing it onto employers who are asking for a member to have or obtain an Enhanced DBS check in order to take up or apply for a role which may not require it. A recent survey of Equity members indicated that there was still widespread misunderstanding by employers and the public about when a check is required. Just because the role may involve contact with children, for example, it does not mean that a DBS check is required. If after approaching the employer with the document they still do not understand then refer them to Michael Day Please note that the document has been checked for accuracy by Equity’s solicitors.
Also note that this is unrelated to the issue of the broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Pact etc) insisting on Basic Disclosure Certificates for Walk-ons and supporting artists for which there is separate guidance elsewhere on the Equity website.

E-Publishing Training Course

15 November 2015

General - 28kb DOCX

Course Outline for E-Publishing Course provided by NUJ Training Scotland, on 21st November 2015, in Edinburgh.

Funding is available - see Offers & Opportunities page.

Branch Minutes, 20th October 2015 - East of Scotland General Branch

9 November 2015

Branches - 301kb PDF

Minutes of Branch Meeting, 20th October 2015

Mental Health Sub-Committee Report 2014-15

3 August 2015

Sample Docs - 435kb PDF

Update of work from the East of Scotland General Branch Mental Health Sub-Committee

Members Support Pack

23 April 2015

General - 1420kb PDF

Personal funding and support services information, national and local, presented by the East of Scotland Equity General Branch's Mental Health Sub-Committee; the original pack was handed out to members at the 2015 AGM, 23rd April.

Check back for updates, and send in similar information for inclusion! Email with the heading 'Mental Health Sub-Committee'.

Remember, too, that if you are in need of support which Equity can give, you can contact us via or call Lorne Boswell at the Glasgow Office: 0141 248 2472

Commercial Theatre Claim Newsletter November 2014

12 November 2014

Newsletters - 363kb PDF

This year is an important year for artists working across commercial theatre, as we renegotiate the Equity agreement for all artists working in the sector outside of the West End of London - including most regional tours, pantomimes and a number of non-West End producing houses.

Our claim has been put together after extensive consultation with all artists who have worked on it over the last three years, compiled by a working party of experienced members from the sector – working performers and stage managers who serve on Equity committees and as deps on shows across the country.

Our claim has a straightforward purpose – to set minima that represent what producers can afford to pay. The bigger the show, the bigger the producer, the more that should be returned to the artists involved.

We’ve also heard loud and clear that subsistence and touring allowance is no longer meaningfully contributing to the costs of artists on tour or coming to London to rehearse. Along with proposing a restructure to end unfair clauses like the reduction in touring allowance to subsistence after four weeks in a venue, and a significant rise of around 20% in touring allowance, we’re proposing that subsistence rises to match the rate of touring allowance in every case.

These are your proposals, proposals to make your working lives better and fairer. However, the managers will make their claims of us, and we need to defend existing terms as much as make claims to improve them.

We know that not every proposal of ours will be agreed – and we know that all will meet with resistance. Commercial producers won’t write us a blank cheque, which is why we need you standing up in support of our claim.

Encourage non-members to join our union and stand with us to make our voice louder, and watch out for the newsletters which will keep you updated as to where we are.

Mental Health Report: "Sometimes We're Treated Quite Well"

1 March 2014

Reports and documents - 194kb PDF

Mental Health Report.

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance

24 February 2014

Sample Docs - 379kb PDF

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance effective from 6th April 2014

Involvement of student members in branches

10 February 2014

Sample Docs - 275kb PDF

Involvement of student members in branches as agreed by the Equity Council, January 2014

Equity Deps Newsletter December 2013

20 December 2013

Newsletters - 1135kb PDF

Equity Deps Newsletter December 2013

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