Yorkshire Ridings General Branch
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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 are able to 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 next


with Humberside Variety Branch

Monday 12 May, 2.00pm

at Hull Truck Theatre

50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB

The speaker will be Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Director Mark Babych. This meeting will also decide on whether to endorse a number of candidates standing for election to the Equity Council.



ARC 2014

The 2014 Annual Representattive Conference takes place in London on 18 - 19 May. The draft ARC Agenda can be downloaded from http://www.equity.org.uk/documents/arc-2014-provisional-agenda


Can You Help Make Your Branch Better?

We need to strengthen our Branch Committee as two of the members who were elected at the AGM have resigned. If you have ideas on how we can make our Branch more relevant to you as members we would love to hear from you. We would particularly welcome new committee members who can help to improve the Branch’s social media presence or help with fund raising. We would also like to encourage Women and younger members to get involved – while we welcome the contribution made by current committee members, we are aware that the committee is currently dominated by older white men and we wish to achieve a better membership balance. The Committee has adopted a collective working policy which can be downloaded at:

http://www.equity.org.uk/branches/yorkshire-ridings-general-branch/documents/yrg-collective-working-policy. If you are interested in joining the Committee, or want to know more, please ring Pete Keal on 01422 885211 or e-mail equity.yrgb@gmail.com.


Trades Union Activist Skills Training

Your Branch Committee is organising a 3 day Trades Union Skills course in conjunction with Leeds College’s Trade Union Studies Department. The course will cover areas such as chairing meetings, minute taking, Equal Opportunities, recruiting new members, IT for union activists and Social Media. A Leeds City Centre venue will be arranged and the course will take place on Tuesdays 24 June, 1 & 8 July from 10am – 5pm each day. The course will be free and participants need to be able to commit for all 3 days. If you would like to join this course, please e-mail equity.yrgb@gmail.com by 31 May.


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 is holding a demonstration outside the northern Independent Police Complaints Commission office - Pioneer House, Woolpacks Yard, Wakefield, WF1 2SG on Friday 28th March 2014 at 1pm. Yorkshire Ridings General Branch Committee will be asking the March Branch Meeting to support this demonstration including taking the Equity Yorkshire Area Banner there.


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.uk for help.


ARC 2013 

The motions that were agreed at 2013 Annual Representative Conference can be downloaded here. The action that has been agreed by the Equity Council to implement these motions (updated January 2014) can be downloaded here. The Yorkshire Ridings General Branch motion to the ARC was defeated.


April Branch Newsletter (print and web versions)

View April 2014 E-Newsletter as Web page or April 2014 Newsletter in the Branch News section

Download April Print Newsletter as a PDF document



View March 2014 E-Newsletter as Web page or March 2014 Newsletter in the Branch News section

Download March Print Newsletter as a PDF document

View February 2014 E-Newsletter as Web page or February 2014 Newsletter in the Branch News section

Download February 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:

April 2014 March 2014 February 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.

We welcome Gordon Steff as a new member of this year's Committee. Details of the new 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:

March 2014 - notes of inquorate meeting which featured a talk by Equity General Secretary Christine Payne as well as a report from Regional Organiser Nigel Jones

February 2014 - notes of inquorate meeting including thought provoking talk by Damian Cruden, Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal.

December 2013 - meeting was inquorate. However, they include notes on the presentation by Morrish Solicitors.

November 2013 - including report of Christine Bucci's talk on "What Should Equity Be Doing for Walk-Ons" and motions the Branch passed on Storytellers and the Stage Committee elections and in support of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.

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.


Short link to this Web page:  http://tinyurl.com/equity-yrgb
Link to our RSS News feed:    http://tinyurl.com/equity-yrgb-rss
Facebook page (shared with
South Yorkshire Variety Branch)       


Web Page Updated 12 April 2014