Bullying & Harassment
Everyone deserves to feel safe at work and hostile behaviour should not be tolerated. Equity is committed to: helping those who have endured bullying, threats or attacks; changing our industry's culture to stop perpetrators and to let them know that they will be held accountable for their actions. Download a quick guide to bullying & harassment and also find out more about:
In the wake of 2017's revelations about the entertainment industry's sexual harassment crisis, Equity released the Agenda for Change. The report details the union's demands for a safe working environment where members will not have to endure or observe sexual harassment. It sets out what we require from educators, engagers, venues, agents, boards and casting directors.
In 2018 the union also launched the Safe Spaces campaign, which empowers members to challenge and report inappropriate behaviour, knowing the union is always behind them.
Equity collaborates with other entertainment unions through the FEU (Federation of Entertainment Unions). Together, we run Creating Without Conflict, a joint campaign on bullying in the worlds of media, arts and entertainment. This campaign has led to a survey, two conferences and the creation of various reports and materials.
It has also revealed the creative industries to be 'hotspots' of bullying, with many saying they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated against in all kinds of workplaces. The research clearly showed that being a member of a union was more likely to lead to a successful outcome when challenging this behaviour.
Equity’s campaigning work to combat sexual harassment is a key component of a new manual designed to help international trade unions tackle this problem.
The 2020 guide, Resources, Inspiration and Recommended Practices among Performer Unions for Combatting Sexual Harassment, has been released by the International Federation of Actors (FIA). It aims to be a model for FIA member unions to develop their own strategy to fight sexual harassment in the profession.