Equity Council digest: June 2018

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

  • To reform the union’s Online Branch to ensure that it is a safe space for otherwise unengaged members. Reforms include restricting access to those Equity members not already participating in general and variety branches and creating more moderators.
  • To nominate the General Secretary to the TUC General Council.
  • To form the union’s delegation to the TUC Congress 2018 of the General Secretary, President, Deputy for the General Secretary, the Head of the General Secretary’s Department and 3 Councillors.
  • To continue to use recyclable and biodegradable materials in Equity publications.
  • To put the changes to Rules 3, 22, 36, 40 and 46 that were agreed by the Annual Representative Conference to a Referendum of the membership in October 2018.

The Council also discussed:

  • The purchase of a new accessible office in Glasgow.
  • The meeting of Equity members working in the Games industry that took place on 30 May 2018.
  • The union’s ongoing activity on image rights.
  • The new claim for performers and stage managers in the West End.
  • The safety of members working in immersive theatre.
  • The Annual Representative Conference 2018, and the Open Space meetings
  • The union’s approach to implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • The launch of the new Equity website.
  • Developments at the Educational Recording Agency, of which Equity is a board member.
  • The Wales TUC Congress which took place 22-24 May 2018.
  • The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference which took place 24-25 May 2018.
  • The Congress of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) due to take place in 2020.
  • BAME members engaged through the UK-US Exchange Agreement.

The Council also welcomed a new record number of members in benefit, with the union’s total membership (excluding students) now standing at 43,838.

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