This agreement applies to interpreters, sub-studies and stage management employed by managers funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland or the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. There is a separate agreement for work in the West End (www.solt.co.uk). The SOLT/Equity agreement is renegotiated every four years. The last “normal” negotiations took place in early 2019 and, on that date, each member who participated in the agreement prior to the renegotiation was involved in the priorities of our claim and then obtained a vote. In 2023, when the agreement is negotiated next time, each member who has worked on the SOLT/Equity West End agreement will be questioned and put to a vote when negotiations are completed. This is the union`s standard election policy, as agreed by our stage committee and the Council – the two groups of members that you elect every two years to make decisions like this. 3) I am not a member of Equity, but I am working on this agreement. Why don`t I have a say? The new agreement will help those who open long-running shows, limited productions, and shows still in rehearsals in the West End. Under the new rules, the compositions will continue to enter into existing contracts and, after the theatres reopen, will be able to resume rehearsals and performances for revised appointments – thus creating the best possible framework for West End actors to continue to have a job after the theatres reopen. No union recommends a deterioration of business conditions lightly.
In this case, we are doing it because we have reached the limit of the concessions that we have been able to obtain from SOLT. Their initial proposals from Equity regarding the changes they wanted to make to the agreement were far worse than the final position we are now presenting to members. SOLT originally wanted to change the category of theatre according to the contracts issued, reduce payments over time, order liability payments by rate and include it in the high proportional minimum. What you are voting on now is the smallest set of variations SOLT needs to encourage its producers to return to work in our West End theatres. Equity is a union of 48,000 employees in the entertainment industry. Some of them have never worked on the West End agreement for performers and stage managers (and never will) because they are directors or designers, and they are working on another union arrangement, or because they are part of our 10,000 variety members – comedians, burlesque performers, cabaret artists, etc. The agreement includes long-running musicals, limited-edition plays, productions to open and even shows that were still in rehearsals when the shutdown came into effect. The majority of equity members will not vote on this agreement, and some will be very convinced that they should be able to vote – either because they have not yet worked on the West End agreement, but they could very well work in the next year, or because they have a west end experience, but outside the parameters that we have set for the vote – that is, those who have worked on the west end agreement over the three years from 5 October 2020. Performer, Understudies and Stage Management for commercial theatre productions.
There is a separate agreement for work in the West End (www.solt.co.uk). SOLT and Equity said they continue to lobby the government to continue to provide support. However, the agreement provides that a show may return after the lock, which may not be the case for all West End shows. The production of the Sara Bareilles-Front “Waitress” by the Adelphi Theatre, for example, was scheduled to run until July 4 and, according to the producers, will not return after the lock. Equity has chosen its Race Equality Committee for 2020-2023 The ballot is thus limited, because if the union elected any actor and steward of our membership, SOLT will be able to find that the result is not legitimate, because we have welcomed people who have no experience or who have no more recent experience of the conditions o o