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Kent General Branch Newsletter - May 2016

6 June 2016

Newsletters - 830kb PDF

May Newsletter of the Kent General of Equity

Kent General Branch Newsletter - April 2016

1 April 2016

Sample Docs - 909kb PDF

Newsletter of the Kent General Branch

Kent Branch Newletter Feb 2016

22 February 2016

Newsletters - 957kb PDF

Kent General Branch newsletter Feb 2016

Kent Branch Newsletter Jan 2016

14 January 2016

Newsletters - 572kb PDF

Kent General Branch Newsletter January 2016

RSC ROAD SHOW CASTING IN KENT

14 January 2016

General - 18kb DOCX

RSC Road Casting in Kent this Feb closing date 22nd January

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 mday@equity.org.uk. 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.

Kent Branch Newsletter Sept 2015

1 September 2015

Branches - 665kb PDF

The current Kent General Branch Newsletter Sept 2015

Minutes of Kent Branch 18th January 2015

20 February 2015

Sample Docs - 385kb PDF

Minutes of the Kent Branch Meeting held on 18th January in Gravesend, when the principal guest speaker was Alan Lean, Equity's expert on Tax, Benefits and National Insurance.

Kent Branch Newsletter January 2015 (#35)

12 January 2015

Branches - 524kb PDF

News from the branch and details of the next meeting, with information and help on Taxes & National Insurance, on Sunday 18th January in Gravesend.

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.

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