Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


South Eastern Region AGM Notes

12 April 2016

Sample Docs - 8kb PDF

South Eastern Region AGM Notes

February 2016 minutes

15 March 2016

Branches - 180kb DOCX

minutes of Feb 2016 branch meeting

January 2016 Minutes

17 February 2016

Sample Docs - 115kb PDF

January 2016 Minutes in Adobe PDF Format

Annual Report to Branch AGM 2015

16 January 2016

Annual Report - 27kb DOC

Annual report to branch of activity during the year.

December 2015 Minutes

11 January 2016

Sample Docs - 21kb PDF

December 2015 Minutes in Adobe PDF Format

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.

January 2015 Minutes (PDF)

7 February 2015

Sample Docs - 84kb PDF

January 2015 Minutes in Adobe PDF Format.

December 2014 Minutes (PDF)

13 January 2015

Sample Docs - 79kb PDF

December 2014 Minutes in Adobe PDF Format.

November 2014 Minutes (Word)

25 November 2014

Sample Docs - 26kb DOCX

November 2014 Minutes in Microsoft Word (Docx) format.

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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