“Sometimes we are treated quite well”: Mental Health Report

15 April 2014

Reports and documents - 194kb PDF

Mental Health, Stress & Distress In the Entertainment Industry

At time of writing, Mental Health, Stress and Distress in the Entertainment Industry
have been the focus of the Mental Health Working Party of the Equity East of
Scotland Branch for almost exactly a year.

This report has been written to sum up the work of the Mental Health Working Party,
to inform the Scottish Committee of Equity, and to inspire others into action - within
and outwith Equity.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the intrepid souls who came along to our unlikely event
during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 12 August 2013. In the midst of all that
jollity and celebration, they made their way to an event called “Stress in the
Entertainment Industry”.

They came and they did what all theatre is supposed to do. They told the truth.

And it is on their truths that we have based our work these past months and which
will continue to influence the future. Like the man almost said:

“We each must play our part”.

They played theirs and now it is up to us and you.

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance

24 February 2014

Sample Docs - 379kb PDF

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance effective from 6th April 2014

Involvement of student members in branches

10 February 2014

Sample Docs - 275kb PDF

Involvement of student members in branches as agreed by the Equity Council, January 2014

Equity Deps Newsletter December 2013

20 December 2013

Newsletters - 1135kb PDF

Equity Deps Newsletter December 2013

Creating Without Conflict report

19 November 2013

Sample Docs - 1813kb PDF

The worlds of the media, arts and entertainment are often seen as glamorous, but a survey of 4,000 workers has revealed these industries are "hotspots" of bullying, with more than half of those questioned (56%) saying they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated against at work.
People who contributed to a survey, commissioned by the Federation of Entertainment Unions, ranged from household names, top screenwriters and performers to those at the beginning of their careers.
The results showed shocking levels of ill-treatment and inappropriate behaviour and a culture of silence, with only a third of those suffering bullying and harassment reporting the incidents.

Equity Deputy Handbook 2013

18 November 2013

Sample Docs - 220kb PDF

An Equity Deputy (sometimes referred to as Equity Dep) is the face of the union in theatres, studios and anywhere else Equity members are working. The Deputy is the union representative for the company they are working with.

Guide to Equity's Communications Manager

31 August 2012

Sample Docs - 836kb PDF

The communication manager enables branches and committees to send out email newsletters to their members. This is a brief guide on how to do it.

Guidelines for Working on Student Films 2010

29 January 2012

General - 51kb PDF

Hope this helps.

Anymore questions feel free to email,uk.

Low/No Pay Guidelines

29 January 2012

General - 413kb PDF

As per the National Minimum Wage Act, it is illegal to have someone work on a project for free. This includes film, theatre, fringe, tv etc.

If you are still unsure where you stand, please email Helen at and she can chat to you in more detail.

Branch/Committee web guide

5 May 2011

Sample Docs - 852kb PDF

This is a guide to updating Branch and Committee websites. If you are not getting the 'edit' buttons but think you should, please contact the Equity webmasters that are listed in this document.

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