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AGM 2015 Agenda

30 January 2015

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Agenda items for 2015 AGM

Committee Nomination Forms 2015

23 November 2014

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Nomination Forms for new committee

Commercial Theatre Claim Newsletter November 2014

12 November 2014

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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.

Branch Minutes 1 Nov 2014

4 November 2014

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Details of activity, and action points

Branch Minutes September 2014

1 November 2014

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Minutes of branch

Agenda - Branch Meeting 1 November 2014

26 October 2014

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Agenda for Meeting in Colchester

Agenda - Branch Meeting 6th September, 2014

29 August 2014

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September, Branch Agenda details

Live Entertainment Works! poster

29 July 2014

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The Live Entertainment Works! campaign has now launched. The aim of the campaign is to approach local venues asking them to display the poster supporting live entertainment and get across the message that the change in licensing law means that it is now easier to put on acts in venues with a capacity of 500 or below. For further information contact Mike Day by phone on 020 7670 0235 or

Minutes of June 7th Branch Meeting

12 June 2014

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Action points for this meeting following a tour of ROH Production Park Thurrock

Report on Joint branch Meeting 5th April 2014

9 June 2014

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A simple report is offered of this special meeting

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