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ARC 2015 Timetable

14 November 2014

ARC - 57kb PDF

The dates and deadlines for 2015 ARC

Branch Funding

14 November 2014

Sample Docs - 102kb PDF

Outline of branch funding arrangements

Equity Jargon and Acronyms

14 November 2014

General - 26kb PDF

A handy referenc to the most common acronyms used in the union

Equity phone list

14 November 2014

General - 14kb PDF

List of main contacts within Equity staff

Going Through the Motions

14 November 2014

Sample Docs - 29kb PDF

Guide to what they are and how to write them

Commercial Theatre Claim Newsletter November 2014

12 November 2014

Newsletters - 363kb PDF

This year is an important year for artists working across commercial theatre, as we renegotiate the Equity agreement for all artists working in the sector outside of the West End of London - including most regional tours, pantomimes and a number of non-West End producing houses.

Our claim has been put together after extensive consultation with all artists who have worked on it over the last three years, compiled by a working party of experienced members from the sector – working performers and stage managers who serve on Equity committees and as deps on shows across the country.

Our claim has a straightforward purpose – to set minima that represent what producers can afford to pay. The bigger the show, the bigger the producer, the more that should be returned to the artists involved.

We’ve also heard loud and clear that subsistence and touring allowance is no longer meaningfully contributing to the costs of artists on tour or coming to London to rehearse. Along with proposing a restructure to end unfair clauses like the reduction in touring allowance to subsistence after four weeks in a venue, and a significant rise of around 20% in touring allowance, we’re proposing that subsistence rises to match the rate of touring allowance in every case.

These are your proposals, proposals to make your working lives better and fairer. However, the managers will make their claims of us, and we need to defend existing terms as much as make claims to improve them.

We know that not every proposal of ours will be agreed – and we know that all will meet with resistance. Commercial producers won’t write us a blank cheque, which is why we need you standing up in support of our claim.

Encourage non-members to join our union and stand with us to make our voice louder, and watch out for the newsletters which will keep you updated as to where we are.

Equity Report 4 November 2014

10 November 2014

Council Report - 374kb PDF

Report of the November meeting of the Equity Council

W&SW Equity Branch November 2014 Newsletter

9 November 2014

Sample Docs - 290kb PDF

November Branch Newsletter

Council Minutes October2014

7 November 2014

Council Minutes - 657kb PDF

Council Minutes from October 2014

Equity magazine Winter 2014

7 November 2014

Equity magazines - 3705kb PDF

This edition features an interview with comedian, actor and writer Francesca Martinez. She discusses why she believes the concept of ‘being normal’ is a political issue. Success stories include our welfare rights team defending members who work overseas, a new Fringe deal with Hope Theatre and leading venues pledging greater gender equality on stage.
We also go behind the scenes at the actors’ retirement home Denville Hall, cover the progress of the Live Entertainment Works! campaign and report on our work at the recent TUC conference.

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