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Creating without Conflict survey results and recommedations

27 January 2014

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Bullying and harassment blight many workplaces, but the Federation of Entertainment Unions wanted to examine its suspicion that they are particularly rife in the creative industries. The survey discovered the creative industries are a "hotspot" for bullying, compared with other workplaces. This is accompanied by a culture of silence, which allows perpetrators to behave in inappropriate ways without being reported. Why is this the case? The creative industries are seen as glamorous and there is great competition to get in and get on. But the reality is most workers are freelance or work on short-term contracts and have few statutory rights. There is the fear that there is always someone else hungry to take your place if you complain. The survey showed that there was almost an acceptance of the prevailing culture of bullying; an attitude of "if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen".
Recommendations
• The need for tougher action on perpetrators and better organisational policies and procedures on conflict in the workplace. o
• Union recognition, so that representatives can negotiate anti-bullying policies and represent victims.
• Greater security for freelance workers.
• Confidential, independent hotlines for freelance and staff workers. In their own suggestions and comments respondents asked for:
• Informal processes for grievances
• Better education about bullying at an undergraduate and training stage
• Improved approaches for reporting interpersonal bullying
• A no-tolerance approach to unreasonable behaviour, applicable to all levels of workers/management
• More security for freelance workers

letter to newtownabbey council

27 January 2014

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letter to newtownabbey council about shutting down the Reduced Shakespeare Play

All About Motions

26 January 2014

ARC - 119kb PDF

Equity document sent to Branches explaining what a Motion is, what Amendments are along with advice on how to write these.

Letter from ROH

23 January 2014

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ROH letter in response to Equity's concern over cleaners not earning the London Living Wage

Billy Mcoll

20 January 2014

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Billy on TUC March 2012 in his stetson!!

Billy Mcoll in his Stetson

20 January 2014

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at 2012 TUC Rally

Fundraising “Charity Bonanza” Show

20 January 2014

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Date: Saturday 1st March 2014
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Gorleston Pavilion

Future of the BBC submission

20 January 2014

Policy submissions - 504kb PDF

Equity evidence to the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of the BBC

Minutes November 2013 meeting of Essex General Branch

18 January 2014

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Action Points from meeting

ARC Motions Guidelines

17 January 2014

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Motion is a proposal by your Committee or branch to either the Equity Council or the Equity Annual Representative Conference (ARC). Motions usually ask for something to happen.

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