YMC Encourages You To Vote
26 May 2012
On 6th June Equity will be posting out ballot papers to all members’ to elect the new council.The Young Members Committee is strongly encouraging all members’ to vote in the elections. This is your union, you have a voice and we would love to hear it.
Historically the turn out for elections is low and we would love this to change over the next few months. The Young Members’ Committee is officially supporting three candidates’ and we would ask you to take the time to consider voting for them.
General List Candidates’
Laura Bailey - I believe vehemently that the future of our creative industry — and ourunion — lies with us, the professional performers. Through my work atEquity, on the Young Members’ Committee, my branch committee andas a councillor, I have seen what it is possible to achieve with staffsupport, effective structure and, most importantly, determined andimpassioned members.Members should be asking; ‘what can I do as part of my union?’rather than ‘what’s ‘the union’ doing for me?’ You are the union. If you’renot doing anything, the union can’t.What I can do is be a passionate voice for the rights of workingprofessionals, invest creatively in the community of our members, work to inspire mycolleagues to unite, and to empower performers, and strive to take the achievements andmessages of this potentially hugely powerful union out into the work place.Stop complaining; start campaigning. Join in.
Brogan West - During my two terms on the Young Members’ Committee I’ve broughtseveral initiatives to fruition. I’m a doer! I’m not one for ‘reasons why wecan’t’. The government keep changing the rules and yet we continue toplay the same game. I say, let’s change it up and exercise some newtactics. We have to mobilise the membership — not only the few whowork in the West End, the minority in TV and the galacticos of film - theentire membership. Organise for success, effectively communicate ourachievements, educate the membership on accessing online materialsand industry opportunities, and how to properly utilise socialnetworking; one of the most enabling and empowering tools in ourarsenal. Restructure the union, or we won’t have a union; change the game! We must beleaner, faster, more efficient and committed to action. I’m committed to trying somethingnew, if you commit to trying me!
Northern Area Candidates’
Mal Kutub - Since joining Equity in 2007 I’ve had the pleasure of working in manydifferent areas of the business from playing a small WMC to filming atShepperton studios for an international advert. I want to stand for thecouncil to make a difference. Our profession is amazing but our union isnot, it’s full of in-fighting and people not actually working together. Ifelected I would attend every Council meeting on the minimum ofexpense possible, listen and work with my fellow union members andpush for better conditions in all areas of our profession. I have the fullsupport of the Young Members’ Committee of which I’m currentlyserving on. I’ve also had the pleasure of representing our union at theTUC young members’ conference, and will be attending the upcoming ARC for the YMC. At 26 Iwill be one of the younger Council members.