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. TV PREMIUMS – to be negotiated at the local level for the duration of „temporary variations“. 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 provides the best possible framework for the long-term security of employment of performers and the resumption of the West End in these unprecedented circumstances, and is strongly supported by all parties involved as the best way forward for the sector. It covers all eventualities and perspectives, from long-running musicals to plays with limited editions, productions to open and shows still in rehearsal at the beginning of the shutdown. TEMPORARY VARIATIONS – Although the variations are not permanent, there are no predetermined results, even after the end of the Covid-19 variation agreement. There will be negotiations on the whole agreement, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2022, so that it can be implemented in June 2023.
If no agreement is reached on the provisions of Sunday work by the end of June 2023, SOLT and Bectu will agree to refer the matter to the conciliation of THE CASA. Bectu`s Assistant Secretary of State, Helen Ryan, said: „Under normal circumstances, Bectu would not have been considered considering such changes to the agreement. However, these are not normal circumstances and we believe that members will understand that some temporary slippages will be necessary to help the West End get back on its feet. Equity is a union of 48,000 employees in the entertainment industry.