The new agreement sees major improvements for members including:
- Over 10% increase to the minimum weekly salary and over 20% increase to minimum daily fees for performers and stage managers.
- Over 10% increase to fees for choreographers, designers and directors.
- A 20% uplift on meal, daily accommodation, and commuting allowances.
- A significant uplift to touring and relocation allowances which are now combined into one living away allowance of £447.68 per week in London, and £410 per week outside of London.
The new agreement makes clear that the principal responsibility for finding and providing accommodation sits with producers, confirms a shorter maximum working week in rehearsals (five day week) and a reduction in maximum weekly hours during production week, and also increases holiday entitlements to beyond statutory minimums. The agreement also requires producers to have an environmental sustainability policy.
This is a massive first step on Equity's Work, Rest and Pay Campaign which is set on substantively improving holiday and work/life balance provisions, touring and accommodation allowances and provision, and minimum pay levels.
ITC and Equity consulted extensively with their respective members in advance of negotiations to ensure that the process was collaborative and that the parties negotiating could understand the respective challenges faced. This led to harmonious and productive discussions and a result which both ITC and Equity are proud of.
Karrim Jalali, Industrial Official for Equity, said:
Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive of ITC, said: