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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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17 November 2021

The government recently announced that artists no longer require visas for short-term work in Spain. We understand that this covers all performing artists including those working in film and TV for up to 90 days.

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09 November 2021

In October, the Digital Radio and Audio Review published its report, which looked at future trends in listening and made recommendations to government on ways of strengthening UK radio and audio. The review projected a decline in analogue radio listening and called on the UK radio industry to begin preparing the ground for a possible switch-off of analogue services at some point after 2030.

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05 November 2021

The union highlighted the enormous value of the creative industry and called on the government to adopt policies shaped by our members to strengthen the support for our industry

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01 November 2021

Today SOLT and UK Theatre have released an updated version of their 10 Principles for creating safe and inclusive working spaces in the theatre industry. This is a welcome initiative that Equity is happy to support and promote. The industry needs to continually make efforts to ensure that these principles and policies are not just words on the page.

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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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