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East Anglia Variety Branch Agm Minutes for November 2013

29 January 2014

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Minutes for the AGM held in November 2013

English Area AGMs

29 January 2014

Rules - 29kb PDF

Rules and standing orders for the English Area Annual General Meetings

Equity Report 23 January 2014

29 January 2014

Council Report - 340kb PDF

Report of the Equity Council meeting on 23 January 2014

N & E London - Feb Newsletter & Jan Minutes

29 January 2014

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Condolences & tributes for Billy
Minutes from Jan speaker - Jez Bond
Branch Motions for ARC 2014

ARC 2013 action taken on motions carried

28 January 2014

ARC - 175kb PDF

Action taken by the Equity Council to implement the motions carried at the 2013 Annual Representative Conference

Branch Meeting on 27th January 2014

28 January 2014

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Minutes of the Branch Meeting and First Anniversary Party to celebrate the formation of the new branch

January 2014 Minutes (PDF)

28 January 2014

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January 2014 Minutes in Microsoft PDF format.

January 2014 Minutes (Word)

28 January 2014

Sample Docs - 136kb DOCX

January 2014 Minutes in Microsoft Word (Docx) format

Council Minutes December 2013

27 January 2014

Council Minutes - 570kb PDF

Council Minutes from December 2013

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".
• 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

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