19 January 2022
Today we're expecting an announcement from the Government about the lifting of Plan B restrictions in England. But while restrictions may go, the damage to the entertainment industry and workers remains. Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming is calling for investment in entertainment workers through support from the government and for improvements in their terms from bosses.
Equity General Secretary Paul W Fleming calls for support for workers as damage to entertainment industry will outlive Plan B:
"Lifting restrictions is akin to the passing of a storm, not a fresh spring day. Equity members across the UK are surveying a wrecked Christmas season due to restrictions passed without adequate support for them or their workplaces. Theatres are under threat, and the lack of income support means more artists are planning to leave the industry - disproportionately from underrepresented backgrounds. Entertainers who relied on Christmas parties, care homes and pubs and clubs were left out in the cold. Moreover, the gloom of the current cost of living is today’s headline news: affecting both our members and the audiences who want to see their work.
Whether in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, Equity members want to see action now to invest in them through support from government and improvements in terms from bosses. Two years of near inaction from the powerful must be addressed in the difficult months to come."