Yorkshire Ridings General Branch
Equity has a vital network of branches throughout the UK which give members a voice in the union and much more. Branches hold regular meetings in their local area and all members and student members are invited to attend these to share views and experiences, discuss issues that are of importance to them and put proposals to Equity's ruling body - the Equity Council. Branches also organise a programme of social events and 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
Wednesday 11 December, 2pm
at Morrish Solicitors LLP
3rd floor, Oxford House, Oxford Row, Leeds, LS1 3BE
At the meeting Tom Morrish and James Shingleton of Morrish Solicitors will slice through the legal red tape. They’ll tell you what you need to know and what to do to keep your legal affairs up to date and straight forward.
Also 12.00 - 1.30pm Wednesday 11 December:
Free Legal Advice for Equity members available at Morrish Solicitors address as above.
And 5.30pm onwards Wednesday 11 December:
Winter Social at the nearby Victoria Hotel, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BB.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR EQUITY BRANCH SO THAT EQUITY CAN SUPPORT YOU
Annual General Meeting
A successful Annual General Meeting in York on 12 October. Liam Evans Ford spoke to us about his work as a Community Producer on Blood + Chocolate and the 2012 York Mystery Plays. We also unveiled the Equity Yorkshire Area Banner to the Branch.
We welcome Gordon Steff as a new member of this year's eight strong Committee. Details of the new Committee can be seen here.
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.
Universal Credit Seminars
Equity held seminars about Universal Credit in Leeds and Sheffield in September. Most versions of our October Newsletter contain an article explaining some of the changes.
A reminder that 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 for help.
Coalition of Resistance People's Assembly Supported
Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch supported the following motion at its meeting on Wednesday 12 June:
'Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch supports the September 2012 TUC Congress resolution, that “the trade union movement must continue leading from the front against this uncaring government with a coalition of resistance taking co-ordinated action where possible with far-reaching campaigns including the consideration and practicalities of a general strike.”
In support of the aims of this resolution a number of Trade Union General Secretaries and anti-cuts organisations have supported the call for a People’s Assembly Against Austerity that aspires to build a movement for social justice and develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people, through trade unions and local community organisations, against the ConDem government.
The Assembly will provide a national forum to develop links between trade unions, trade union councils and grassroots community based campaigns, and to build confidence of those promoting anti-austerity views which, whilst increasingly popular, are barely represented in Parliament.
Equity Yorkshire Ridings General Branch agrees to support the call for the People’s Assembly at Central Hall Westminster on Saturday 22 June 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 can be downloaded here. The Yorkshire Ridings General Branch motion to the ARC was defeated.
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:
October 2013 - short meeting before the 2013 Annual General Meeting
July 2013 meeting was inquorate, but these notes include a report of the "What Can Equity Do for Young Members? How Can Equity be Relevant?" session with Young Members Committee members Kezia Davis and Mal Kutub
Links to previous Minutes can be found here
You will need to log into the Web site with your Equity membership number and your password before you can download the Minutes.
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.
The Standard Agenda was revised in July 2013 to include a new item 'Walk-on matters', which the Equity Council has decided should be a standing item on Branch Meeting Agendas.
We always welcome members who haven’t come to a Branch Meetings before.
December Branch Newsletter (print and online versions)
To read the December 2013 Newsletter click here
To download the December Newsletter as a PDF document click here
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