Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


DBS Guide for employers

25 November 2015

General - 129kb PDF

This document is designed to be used by members by passing it onto employers who are asking for a member to have or obtain an Enhanced DBS check in order to take up or apply for a role which may not require it. A recent survey of Equity members indicated that there was still widespread misunderstanding by employers and the public about when a check is required. Just because the role may involve contact with children, for example, it does not mean that a DBS check is required. If after approaching the employer with the document they still do not understand then refer them to Michael Day Please note that the document has been checked for accuracy by Equity’s solicitors.
Also note that this is unrelated to the issue of the broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Pact etc) insisting on Basic Disclosure Certificates for Walk-ons and supporting artists for which there is separate guidance elsewhere on the Equity website.

Minutes of the Bristol & West Branch April 2015

14 September 2015

Sample Docs - 88kb PDF

Minutes for Bristol & West General Meeting 21st April 2015

Minutes of the Bristol & West Branch July 2015

14 September 2015

Sample Docs - 85kb PDF

Minutes of General Meeting of Bristol & West Branch 21st July 2015

Minutes of the Bristol & West General Branch November 2014

11 February 2015

Sample Docs - 90kb PDF

Minutes of the Nov 2014 Branch Meeting

Minutes of the Bristol & West General Branch Meeting Oct 2014

16 November 2014

Sample Docs - 88kb PDF

Minutes of the Bristol & West General Branch of 21st Oct 2014

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.

NPC Seminar 1st Nov 2014 Bristol

16 October 2014

Sample Docs - 131kb PDF

The flier and registration form for the seminar held at Tony Benn House on 1st Nov. Issues concerning pensionable and working age women and the changes in legislation.

Minutes of the Bristol & West General Branch Meeting Sep 2014

10 October 2014

Sample Docs - 116kb PDF

Minutes of the B&W Gen Branch meeting Sep 2014

Minutes of Bristol & West General Branch July 2014 meeting

15 September 2014

Sample Docs - 81kb PDF

The minutes of the Bristol & West Branch meeting of 15th July 2014

South West Area AGM Minutes 2014

30 July 2014

Reports and documents - 771kb PDF

Minutes from the South West Area AGM held on the 2nd March 2014 at The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter.

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