West End claim put to managers

EQUITY IS FIGHTING to better West End working conditions with our new claim.
More than 1,000 individuals responded to a union survey of members who have worked in this area within the past three years. They explained their priorities, which included an increase in minimum pay rates and rates for covers, clarification on buyout contracts and increases in stage manager differentials.
Members also told the union that they wanted to remove the inclusion of features ensemble roles as part of the current minimum fee.
The West End Working Party read these responses, and created a claim ahead of negotiations for a new West End contract. This includes recommendations from Equity’s Manifesto for Casting and Agenda for Change, which opens the door to new family friendly clauses.
It also asks for improved codes of conduct for auditions; equality and diversity policies; dignity at work policies and other necessary changes.
The Working Party chair, Rebecca Louis, said: “We have had more input from members than ever before and this I feel has contributed to a strong claim, which has been greeted with enthusiastic support. These negotiations are always tough but I look forward to the difficult battle ahead.”
Negotiations are due to commence in September.
Members can download this document for full details of the claim or contact West End organiser Emmanuel de Lange on edelange@equity.org.uk