Yorkshire Ridings General Branch
Vibrant and busy local branches are an important part of Equity, giving members a voice in the union. All members and student members are welcome to come to the regular Branch meetings in their area to share views and experiences, discuss issues that are important to you and put proposals to Equity's ruling body - the Council. Branches also organise social events and may raise money for local charities.
If you are an Equity member or student member based in the area you may join the branch (no charge) so please get in touch with the Branch Secretary. If you are a member or student member visiting the area you are very welcome to drop into the next branch meeting and get to know some of your fellow members.
Yorkshire says BBC Love It or Lose It Public Meeting Thursday 25 February
Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch and Leeds National Union of Journalists Branch in conjunction with other members of the Federation of Entertainment Unions will be holding a public meeting: Yorkshire says BBC Love It or Lose It on:
Thursday 25 February
at Congreve Room, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP.
Equity's Assistant General Secretary Martin Brown will be speaking, along with speakers from BECTU, NUJ, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Screen Yorkshire and Voice of the Listener and Viewer.
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More information about the BBC campaign and the public meeting speakers can be read at: http://www.equity.org.uk/branches/yorkshire-ridings-general-branch/news/backthebbc-public-meeting-details-announced.
The BBC is under severe threat from both government cuts and the current Charter renewal process. This will be a major event in the Federation of Entertainment Unions' BBC campaign. Please come to this meeting and urge friends and colleagues to come as well.
New team of Yorkshire Ridings Branch Officers elected for 2015-16
We are excited to announce the officers for the 2015-16 Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Committee following the first meeting of the 2015-16 Committee on 2nd December. The full list of Officers and Committee members is on the Contacts page. Updated contact details will be added to this page in due course.
2014-15 Annual Report
The 2013-14 Annual Report is now available in various formats:
Details of the 2015-16 Committee can be seen here.
Call for Regional Casting for major new Channel 4 Drama
Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch has written to The Forge Entertainment requesting Regional Casting of roles in 'The ABC', a major new Channel 4 Drama series to be filmed in Calderdale, West Yorkshire in 2016. Click for full News article.
Advice and Rights Helpline
Equity operates an Advice and Rights Helpline on 020 7670 0223 on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm. Advice given covers tax, national insurance, welfare benefits, tax credits and other related areas. Alternatively, members can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org help.
The 2015 Annual Representative Conference took place in London on 17 - 18 May. The Strategies to implement the ARC 2015 motions that have been agreed by the Equity Council can be downloaded from http://www.equity.org.uk/documents/arc-2015-council-agreed-action-to-implement-motions-carried
Can You Help Your Branch?
Members have asked the Branch to organise workshops - could you help with that? Or setting up rehearsed readings perhaps? How about keeping in touch with student members and potential members? We would love people to help make social and fund raising events for the Branch happen. Or if all that’s too much, do you have news to share with other members … or views about how your Branch could be better? We would always welcome a short piece for the Branch Newsletter. Could you donate a prize for the raffle held at each meeting? Please support your Equity Branch so that Equity can support you.
March 2016 Branch Newsletter (print and web versions)
E-Newsletter will be available soon
From January 2016 Large Print Versions of Branch Newsletters will be produced on request.
To download Large Print Versions of past Branch Newsletters as PDF documents, click on the links below:
Contributions from members to the next Newsletter welcome. Contact: email@example.com
Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings
Your Branch Committee has decided to publish a Standard Agenda for Branch Meetings to give members who haven’t been to a meeting before an idea of what we discuss when we meet. The length of time spent discussing different agenda items will vary from meeting to meeting.
We always welcome members who haven’t come to a Branch Meetings before.
Branch Meeting Minutes Now available from the Web Site
Minutes of Branch Meetings are published on the Web site to give members more information about what we discuss when the Branch meets. These are the most recent Minutes that are available for download:
July 2015 - Notes of Inquorate Branch Meeting held on 2 July at which Equity's Low pay No Pay Organiser Emmanuel de Lange was the speaker.
May 2015 - Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 12 May 2015 when Casting Director Jo Adamson-Parker was the speaker.
April 2015 - Minutes of Branch Meeting held on 15 April 2015 which discussed the Annual Representative Conference Agenda and had reports from the Regional Organiser and on the redevelopment works at York Theatre Royal.
You will need to log into the Web site with your Equity membership number and your password before you can download the Minutes.
Council Supports Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
Equity’s Council has voted to support Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s call for a public enquiry into the policing of the 1984 Miners’ Strike. Backing a Yorkshire Ridings Branch motion, the Council took the view that “Trade union legal rights and privileges under UK law are crucial to Equity in fulfilling its duties to members ... Serious allegations have been made that these legal rights ... were breached at Orgreave. An inquiry into what happened ... would help to establish whether these allegations are well founded.” The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s web site is at: http://otjc.org.uk
Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign held a demonstration outside the northern Independent Police Complaints Commission office - Pioneer House, Woolpacks Yard, Wakefield, WF1 2SG on Friday 28th March 2014 at 1pm.
We Want to Listen (and talk) to You
Your branch needs YOU to get involved in its meetings and activities. While your Committee has tried to offer socials and meetings with interesting speakers, recently we have failed to attract as many members to these as we would like. We particularly regret that low attendances have meant that the Branch has been unable to send either a motion or an amendment to this year's National conference. As a result, Branch members have been denied this opportunity to be involved in Equity's policy making.
What are we doing wrong? What do we need to do differently? We need to learn from YOU, our members. We have started asking members who come to meetings to fill in a short questionnaire about these issues. A similar questionnaire is available for any member to fill in at http://www.equity.org.uk/branches/yorkshire-ridings-general-branch/documents/yrg-branch-member-feedback-form. Please download a copy, fill it in and send it to us. In addition, we plan to ring a number of you up to listen to your ideas on what we need to change.
Thank you to Morrish Solicitors LLP and Unity Trust Bank for their sponsorship.
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