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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.

Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch

Please come to our

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Saturday 11 October

1.30pm

at Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

Regional Organiser Nigel Jones, who will be retiring next month, will be speaking about his time with Equity.

Max Beckmann, Nigel’s successor as our Regional Organiser, will also be at our AGM and is looking forward to meeting members.

Download the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting

Download the Minutes of the 2013 AGM

 

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR EQUITY BRANCH SO THAT EQUITY CAN SUPPORT YOU

Can You Help Your Branch?

Your Branch needs a balanced, representative Committee and we particularly want to encourage more Women, Minority Ethnic and younger members to help lead your Branch. Would YOU consider getting involved? We would like to co-opt some additional committee members at our Annual General Meeting on October 11.

There are other jobs you might be able to help with even if you don’t want to join the Branch Committee. 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 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.

 

YRGB is now on Twitter    Yorkshire Ridings General Branch is now on Twitter. Please                                                                       follow us @EquityYRGB

 

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.

 

ARC 2014

The 2014 Annual Representative Conference took place in London on 18 - 19 May. The motions at the ARC that were carried or remitted to the Council together with the action the Council has agreed to implement them can be downloaded from https://www.equity.org.uk/documents/arc-agreed-actions-to-implement.

 

Thank you to Morrish Solicitors LLP and Unity Trust Bank for sponsorship

Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch wishes to thank Unity Trust Bank and Morrish Solicitors for their sponsorship of the new Equity Yorkshire Area Trades Union Banner. Thank you also to Humberside Variety and South Yorkshire Variety Branches for their donations and to Amy Wass for her work on the Banner design.

 

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 legalandwelfare@equity.org.ukfor help.

 

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.

 

October Branch Newsletter (print and web versions)

View October 2014 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

Download October 2014 Newsletter as a PDF document

 

View September 2014 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download September 2014 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

View July 2014 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download July 2014 Print Newsletter as a PDF document

View June 2014 E-Newsletter as a Web page

Download June Print Newsletter as a PDF document

 

View or Download older Newsletters

 

To download Large Print Versions of Branch Newsletters as PDF documents, click on the links below:

October 2014 September 2014 July 2014 June 2014

Previous Large Print Newsletters

 

Contributions from members towards the next Newsletter welcome. Contact: equity.yrgb@gmail.com


2012-13 Annual Report

We have produced a written 2012-13 Annual Report which can be viewed online here or downloaded in A5 format here; A4 format here and large print format here.

Details of the 2013-14 Committee can be seen here.

 

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.

Read the Standard Agenda.  Download the Standard Agenda.

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 2014 - Notes of Inquorate Branch Meeting held 5 July 2014 at which Louise Grainger spoke about Creating Without Conflict - Harassment and Bullying in the Arts.
June 2014 - Notes of inquorate Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch June 2014 meeting.

May 2014 - Minutes of Joint Humberside Variety Branch and Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Meeting including report of the talk by Hull Truck Theatre's Artistic Director Mark Babych and  Regional Organiser Nigel Jones' report.

Previous Minutes

You will need to log into the Web site with your Equity membership number and your password before you can download the Minutes.

 

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Web Page Updated 8 October 2014