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Equity statement on bullying and harassment

12 October 2017

Following the recent media coverage of sexual assault and harassment in the film industry, Equity wants to reiterate that the union is here for members should they have any concerns regarding their treatment in the workplace.

Bullying and sexual harassment are not acceptable. Workers in the creative industries deserve to be treated with the same respect as other sectors of the economy and Equity will continue to challenge employers who abuse our members.

The union recognises that members may not report bullying and harassment because they fear losing work. Members should be reassured that they can talk to the union in complete confidence. Equity’s officials are experienced in dealing directly with employers on these issues and will act on behalf of members who have experienced inappropriate behaviour at work.

Equity recently launched its Manifesto for Casting to inform the entertainment industry of the standards it demands of all those engaged in the casting and employment process. The union has also created a Casting Questions leaflet to empower members to challenge inappropriate and illegal questions at castings.

If a member has concerns, please contact Equity below. The union has specialist organisers covering the different aspects of the industry, such as TV and Theatre, so please identify the area of work you wish to discuss and you will be directed to the correct person.

Equity main switchboard: 020 7379 6000
Scotland and N. Ireland office: 0141 248 2472 
Wales office: 029 2039 7971
Manchester office: 0161 244 5995

As stated, Equity is always available for members to discuss these matters in confidence, and the union’s advice will include the need to contact the police if members have been assaulted.

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