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24 June 2021

The Equity for a Green New Deal (GND) network came together online last year, having been inspired by the wider movement in the US and UK. Green New Deal advocates aim to tackle the twin issues of climate crisis and economic injustice – which we believe to be interlinked – by focusing on industrial and financial policy, the creation of secure green jobs and addressing global inequality.

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24 June 2021

Equity has long been a champion of the needs of parents and carers at work. We are now backing two new campaigns that aim to increase inclusion in workplaces and end discrimination and they need your help.

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23 June 2021

Seven trade unions - including Equity - have come together to publish an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in opposition to proposed funding cuts to creative and performative arts subjects in the Higher Education Teaching Grant budget for 2021–2022.

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18 June 2021

UKPW have committed themselves to adopting the 5 Pledges the the union is asking of all wrestling promotions, including a Dignity at Work Policy

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14 June 2021

With the Government set to confirm a four-week delay to the lifting of Covid restrictions, those who work in live performance are worried about what this will mean for their livelihoods. If social distancing and the current 50% audience capacity limit at venues remains in place, the lack of financial viability means many establishments will stay closed. In turn, workers and Equity members will not have jobs to go to. While he says "there's no dispute that public health comes first", Equity General Secretary, Paul W Fleming, has called the Government's approach "a catastrophic blow to Equity’s members and their live performance workplaces".

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02 June 2021

Equity and its membership are very disappointed that after 23 years, the BBC will bring to an end their long running and popular continuing drama series, Holby City. It comes as a blow to the cast who have worked extremely hard over the years and worked loyally through the pandemic.

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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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