About us

Who we are, what we do, how we're run and where we've come from.

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We are the performing arts and entertainment trade union.

We’re made up of 50,000 performers and creative practitioners. We are actors, singers, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, puppeteers, comedians, voice artists, and variety performers. For more than a hundred years we've been pushing for better pay, terms, and conditions.

Who we are

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How we're run

Learn about the formal democratic structures of the union and how you can stand for election.

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Campaigns & Policy

Find out how you can be part of our national campaigns fighting for fairness and equality in the entertainment industry and beyond.

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Equity Jobs

Here you'll find all of our job vacancies at Equity

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What is a trade union?

A trade union is a group of people working in a particular industry who join together to better their pay and conditions of work. They do this through collective bargaining with employers and engagers on behalf of their members. We are also a campaigning union, which means our members take action on issues affecting them and the wider industry.


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