Committee Nominations - introduction

Equity is committed to ensuring that we are a powerful industrial force and that every voice in the union is heard.

To achieve this the Equity Council has created a structure for the union’s network of committees, at the heart of which are three influential industrial committees — Screen and New Media, Stage and Variety, Circus and entertainers — with the authority to conduct negotiations. These committees, made up of members with recent experience of relevant work and elected by members with similar experience, are at the forefront of improving pay and conditions for members. Supporting them are five specialist committees — Audio, Dance, Singers, Stage Management and Directors and Designers — all made up of members with recent relevant working experience.

There are also committees of members in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, four equality committees — Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ; Minority Ethnic; and Women — and a Young Members’ Committee.

These committees are an important part of the union’s democracy and a dynamic force for change. With the support of the Equity Council they are taking forward the industrial agenda, driving the union’s policy making and ensuring that the voice of working members is heard at the centre of the union’s work. I hope that you will read these pages and decide that you can make a contribution to one of Equity’s committees.

If you need any more information please call our elections helpline on 020 7670 0266 or email elections@equity.org.uk. You can also watch a short video setting out how Equity’s committees work on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/EquityUK.

But if you feel you cannot stand for election yourself, please do use your vote in the elections in June.

Christine Payne

GENERAL SECRETARY

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