12 September 2018
Equity has become a member of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Executive Committee. This is the ‘top table’ of the trade union movement and it meets monthly to implement and develop policy, manage the TUC financial affairs and deal with urgent business.
This news follows a strong showing by the union at the recent TUC Congress in Manchester, where the TUC was celebrating its 150th anniversary. Equity President Maureen Beattie put the first motion to the Congress on Fighting Sexual Harassment in the Creative Industries. “When the media spotlight moves on, Equity will still be there,” she said. Read the full speech.
Equity’s delegation consisted of President Maureen Beattie, Deputy for the General Secretary Stephen Spence, policy officer Louise McMullan, Paul Valentine, Bertie Carvel and vice president Ian Barritt.
Stephen spoke in favour of the General Council’s motion on Brexit, read about Equity’s position here. Louise put forward the motion on austerity, artists & discrimination, while Paul spoke to the motion for a better deal for low paid workers, he said: “You should not feel you have to work for nothing in the hope of ‘making it’”.
Bertie spoke in favour of the motion on mental health, he said: “Employers must recognise their responsibility for the mental wellbeing of their employees”. Ian proposed the motion on Local Casting, he said: “There is a world outside London, please support our members who are trying to work in the nations and regions.”
All of the motions involving Equity were passed unanimously.
Further good news from the TUC came earlier this year when Equity’s magazine won Best Trade Union magazine 2018, find out more here.
Pictured: Paul Valentine, policy officer Louise McMullan, Bertie Carvel, President Maureen Beattie, Deputy for the General Secretary Stephen Spence and vice president Ian Barritt.