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28 April 2022

On Thursday 5 May local elections will be taking place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is an opportunity for registered voters across the UK to have their say about important decisions facing our communities, such as housing and transport, and crucially who should represent you in government.

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12 April 2022

Ensuring Equity members can access adequate financial help through the social security system is a key priority for the union, especially with the current cost of living crisis. Thanks to the tireless work of our tax and welfare team, the Department for Work and Pensions has accepted that the minimum income floor has been wrongly applied to some members.

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05 April 2022

We extend our full solidarity to all those impacted by the closure of The Academy of Live and Performing Arts (ALRA) including students, staff and the members of the creative workforce engaged by the institution. This will come as a devastating shock to students, who have already faced disruption to their studies throughout the pandemic, and now face yet more uncertainty. Members of the creative workforce receive this news of loss of income amidst an unprecedented fall in living standards and rising costs of living.

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31 March 2022

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that it will not launch a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual offences made against the actor Noel Clarke.

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31 March 2022

Equity, and Islington’s Hope Theatre and King’s Head Theatre have both agreed updated House Agreements to improve the pay and working conditions for actors, performers and stage management in all productions at those theatres.

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31 March 2022

The sacking, without notice, of 800 P&O Ferries workers is an obscene attack on workers’ rights. It has exposed how weak UK employment law is in protecting working people. It has also thrust into plain sight the total disregard some employers have for workers’ rights and dignity at work. We are a union of 47,000 actors, dancers, singers, stage management directors and performing artists. We are not a union of seafarers – although our members do perform on cruise ships - but this is an attack on every single working person.

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23 March 2022

Today (23 March) the Chancellor set out his Spring Statement. During his speech in Parliament, Rishi Sunak responded to the Ukraine crisis and the economic forecast. He also addressed the escalating cost of living, which is the cost of basic things we all need - such as food, housing, water, heating, transport and clothes.

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17 March 2022

Equity’s Race Equality Committee (REC) is deeply concerned that the Inclusive Britain report published today (17 March) does not go far enough in identifying and tackling the root causes of race discrimination in the UK. This is unsurprising as the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (who led the consultation exercise on the report) refuted the existence of institutional racism and the role of structural inequality in perpetuating historical and deep disparities in the day-to-experiences of the UK’s ethnically diverse population.

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15 March 2022

Members of Equity and Irish Equity have joined forces to call for equal treatment for performers working on international co-productions in Ireland. Currently, international production companies are applying lesser terms and conditions to Ireland-based performers.

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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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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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