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29 May 2020

Equity members have campaigned very hard to get an extension to the Self Employed Income Support Scheme and for those who are eligible, the Chancellor's announcement tonight represents a crucial lifeline.

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27 May 2020

Equity has launched an Independent Commission for Race Equality (ICRE) to help create a road map for improved employment practices for black and minority ethnic workers (BME) across the entertainment industry in a post-COVID landscape.

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22 May 2020

Equity President Maureen Beattie announces survey put together by Equity members to assess our world of work and organise our way into a better, more equitable industry.

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18 May 2020

Sandi Toksvig chairs a live online General Secretary Debate with the two candidates standing for the role of Equity General Secretary, giving both candidates the opportunity to address the Equity membership in a live broadcast.

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11 May 2020

At the close of nominations at 12 noon on Wednesday 29th April 2020, Equity had received 82 valid nominations.

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08 May 2020

Equity General Secretary Christine Payne has written to Chancellor to ask for additional financial assistance for the creative sector.

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07 May 2020

Equity is running a survey to address the long-standing issue of poor-quality hair and make-up support for black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the union.

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03 May 2022

Equity members working on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella were told on Sunday 1 May that the show will end on 12 June. Not only was the news shared on a Sunday before a bank holiday – meaning those affected could not contact their agent for support – but we understand that some cast members and stage management heard the news first through social media or the press. This is unacceptable - all creative workers deserve to be treated with dignity at work.

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07 March 2022

As the International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF) within Equity, our work is to help overseas artists who face persecution, censorship and threats to their safety and lives. For almost 50 years we have directly supported and stood in solidarity with artists internationally: from Myanmar to Afghanistan, Colombia and Belarus. Today, we also stand with Ukraine.

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01 March 2022

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have sent messages of solidarity and offers of help to performers and artists in the country and those affiliated with it. On 24 February, Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming wrote to the President of the Cultural Workers of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Perelygina. The letter includes an offer to support their members wherever we can, whether directly or through campaigning and lobbying.

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