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21 December 2021

“The lack of financial support for the creative workforce in today's announcement from the Chancellor is a shocking example of government negligence when Equity members are staring into a winter of cancelled shows, bookings and performances."

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16 December 2021

Today Equity has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to take action to protect the creative workforce in light of the rising cases of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus. The worrying situation threatens the fragile return of live performance in theatres, pubs, clubs and other venues across a critical Christmas season. With many performances and bookings already cancelled, and more very likely to come, thousands of our members will lose a significant proportion of their income. Meanwhile, “there has been no support announced for Equity members and performers facing an uncertain winter, and no support for entertainment workers reliant on a strong Christmas season”.

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08 December 2021

Equity are calling on venues and producers to enforce mask-wearing among audience members. In a statement signed by General Secretary Paul W Fleming and President Maureen Beattie, we are also urging engagers to "maintain the strongest COVID protocols backstage" and encouraged all members to make sure they are fully vaccinated if they are able.

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08 December 2021

Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming has called on the government to provide a support package to Equity members and theatres as they face "an uncertain winter". The call comes following the government's announcement of "Plan B" COVID restrictions that could affect theatres' and entertainers' income.

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07 December 2021

The results of Equity's Rule Change Referendum 2021 have been announced. Members voted in favour of all three changes.

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06 December 2021

We are pleased to announce that a ground-breaking industry agreement has been reached between Equity and leading voice studio OMUK. OMUK has produced recordings for titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Game of Thrones and Second Extinction.

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30 November 2021

Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled that the calculation of the self-employed income support scheme (“SEISS”) indirectly discriminated against new mothers. This is an important decision and recognises the discrimination experienced by many new mothers, including creatives and Equity members. We are proud to have supported and helped fund the early stages of the case, which was brought by Pregnant Then Screwed. The Court of Appeal did, however, maintain that the urgency with which civil servants acted at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic justified the discrimination.

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24 November 2021

We’re delighted to have finalised a series of major new additions to the Pact Equity TV agreement. For the first time, the agreement includes provisions for child performers and terms governing Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) original commissions. It also includes a ground-breaking clause that producers must provide professional standard hair and make-up to all members of the cast, regardless of ethnicity.

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23 November 2021

We have a huge opportunity over the next few weeks. The government is currently consulting trade unions, businesses and workers for their views on whether the law should be reformed to strengthen the right to work flexibly, and support the needs of working families.

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22 November 2021

We're pleased to have agreed a code of conduct with North East based professional wrestling organisation NORTH Wrestling. The code sets out terms and conditions for performers, staff and management in writing, provides a dignity at work policy, and allows time and access for performers to engage with the union.

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30 June 2022

A new Commercial Theatre Variation Agreement ballot by Equity, the performing arts and entertainment trade union, has been backed by over 98% of those voting on a record turnout for ballots on this agreement.

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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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