The code, signed by PWE, 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. This will be supported by an agreed formal disciplinary and grievance policy.
PWE is the latest in a number of wrestling producers across the country that have embraced Equity agreements as the industry addresses the safety and equality concerns that have plagued it. Wrestling’s own #MeToo movement, known as #SpeakingOut, has highlighted stories of sexual abuse, assault and predation.
A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wrestling made a number of recommendations to address these and other areas of concern in the industry. Equity gave substantial evidence to the APPG and welcomed the report’s comprehensive analysis of the UK professional wrestling industry.
Equity Organiser for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, Dominic Bascombe, said:
"As the industry re-opens and members return to work, we are keen to ensure that they are going to places of work where there are policies in place to ensure their safety and ways to address any matters of concern. This agreement with PWE recognises that through working constructively together, we can ensure stronger, safer and fairer workplaces.”
Prime Wrestling Entertainment Director, Paul Chirnside Vu, said:
"As an active member of the British Wrestling Scene for the last 16 years, I have witnessed short falls and corners cut first hand. This agreement with Equity is our first pledge of many to make sure that every event that we host offers the best and safest working environment for all staff and customers at Prime Wrestling.
"We recognise the industry is changing for the better and we are very proud to be just a small part of the process in moving forward to ensure that the safety of our talent is first priority."