Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


Liverpool & District General Branch Minutes 3/2/2016

13 March 2016

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Equity Liverpool & District General Branch - Members Meeting

Meeting Minutes

[Date]January 6th, 2016


The regular meeting of the Equity Liverpool & District General Branch - Members

Meeting was called to order at 6.30 in Liverpool Everyman by Stephanie Greer.


Dave Gilbey, Patricia Winker, Paul Bergquist, Hazel Maddock, Adrian Rawsthorne, E.J.

Dean, Alan Jacklott, Kevin Mc Mahon, John Mc Cormick, Geof Atwell, Michael

Christopher, Edwina Lea, Danielle Mc Lauren, Kate Lavery, Kate Mc Auliffe, Stephanie

Greer, Emma Heron, Jamie Briers (Area Organiser).


Viva Cassidy, Ossie Yue, Fiona Martin, Sophie Lyons, Martin Henshall, Cath Rice,

Alexandria Adamson, Sheila Jones, Chris Darwin

Approval of Agenda

Agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the meetings held on 1st July 2015 & 3rd September 2015 were read. Proposed

as true records by Emma Heron & Alan Jacklott and seconded by Alan Jacklott & Eric

Dean, respectively. Agreed unanimously.

Matters Arising: There was a good turn-out of TUC members, including Equity at demo

against Arts cuts on 4th October. Members who spoke included Billy Bragg, Nicola

Hawkins & Julie Hesmondhalgh. There was a flashmob at Piccadilly & the events

attracted national press coverage.

We are already affiliated to Liberty.

Xmas social was held at The Ethical Glass on 11th December. Variety members attended.

.Free buffet provided by venue. Raffle held.

The new Committee was introduced, unopposed.

Steph Greer, Chair. Sheila Jones, Secretary. Emma Heron, Treasurer. Edwina Lea, i/c

Facebook. Kate Mc Auliffe, i/c Minutes. Dave Gilbey, Alexandria Adamson.

Correspondence: Anti-bullying Campaign – leaflet & further information available, at

meeting, from Sheila Jones in Branch & also Equity web-


Secretaries Report read & included above.

Area Organisers Report: 5% cuts to funding for Culture, Media & the Arts. Arts

Council funding has increased. Our Campaign has had an impact. We should be glad, but

not complacent.

Be aware of what is happening at local level. Any L.A. cuts need to be fought. Arts/

Culture is not a statutory requirement & will continue to be at risk.

Capital spend needs to be matched by revenue spend – performances as well as buildings.

Equity has a general open meeting in the North, on Wednesday, 2nd March at 2.00pm.

Venue not yet established. Senior Officers will attend & be available to answer questions.

Jamie Briers. Area Organiser

Treasurers Report : Post has been handed over. Treasurer will be examining new


Committee members have not been able to claim expenses. Proper system needs to be put

in place.

Bank a/c will be changing.

No cost incurred at Ethical Glass & £28 made on raffle (even in absence of Foot-spa!)

Targets for the year: Social events to continue, including Theatre visit & Summer


Campaigning at local & National level to continue.

ARC & motions: Deadline is 9th March at 12.00, for motions to be submitted from

Branch. Previous motions have been successful eg. Ticket discounts, local casting &

rehearsal. Any motions submitted must be voted on at next meeting.


Any general suggestions, targets for future actions, forthcoming productions involving

our members – contact

Ossie Yue has been unwell. Alan will e-mail him sending best wishes from all at Branch.

We should look at discount for cinema tickets. Committee to consider at next meeting.

Next Meeting –ARC 2/3/16 at 2.00p.m.


Meeting was adjourned at 7.08 by Stephanie Greer. The next general meeting will be at

6.30 on March 2, 2016, in Everyman.

Minutes submitted by: Kate Mc Auliffe

Approved by: [Name]

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.

Liverpool & District General Branch - Nomination Form 2015

21 September 2015

Sample Docs - 93kb PDF

The Liverpool & District General Branch AGM will be held on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at The Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool commencing 6.30 p.m.

Liverpool & District General branch minutes 6/05/15

12 August 2015

Branches - 16kb DOCX

Liverpool & District General branch minutes 6/05/15 Everyman Theatre

Liverpool & District General Branch Social August 2015

12 August 2015

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Join us for our Summer Social on Wednesday 26th August 2015 - 7 p.m. start

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.

Liverpool & District General Branch Nomination Form 2014/15

2 October 2014

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Liverpool & District General Branch Nomination Form to Committee

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

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance

24 February 2014

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

Involvement of student members in branches

10 February 2014

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

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