Equity Council digest: December 2018

At its meeting in December 2018, the Equity Council made the following decisions:

  • To make grants from the “unknown funds” to branches and committees for special projects.
  • To redouble the union’s efforts to protect members’ professional interests in the event of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal being approved by parliament, or any other outcome.
  • To defer the tendering of major suppliers until after the next General Secretary election in 2020.
  • To set a minimum professional earnings threshold for candidates for Equity’s Industrial, Specialist, Equalities and Young Members Committees from the next elections in 2019.
  • To review the trial of the reformed Online Branch in June 2019.
  • To endorse the nomination of Nana St Bartholomew-Brown to represent Equity on the TUC’s Black Workers Committee.
  • To endorse the nomination of Tigger Blaize to represent Equity on the TUC’s LGBT+ Committee.
  • To trade mark the name and logo of Equity.
  • To grant specified members legal protection in cases involving engagers and government agencies.
  • To hold an open meeting of members in Glasgow with a view to forming a branch in that city.

The Council also discussed:

  • The results of the Rule Change Referendum
  • The Educational Recording Agency
  • Voice coaches & directors
  • An update on the union’s 2018 budget
  • The presentation of the 2018 annual accounts
  • The results of the election to the PPL Board
  • The Equity Benevolent Fund
  • Equity’s policy on casting
  • The TUC Women’s Committee
  • National & Regional AGMs
  • A Campaign of Recognition

The Council also welcomed a new record number of members in benefit, with the union’s total membership (excluding students) now standing at 45,525.

You can contact the Council via their page on the website.