Equity launches inquiry to look at post-coronavirus theatre industry

Equity has launched an inquiry into how its members see the industry operating after coronavirus.

In a statement on the union’s website, president Maureen Beattie wrote: “As we wait for theatre​s ​and other performance spaces to re-open, we have a unique opportunity to shape ​how our world of work ​will look when ​we return to it.

“We want to ensure ​there are no backward steps ​in the progress we have made ​in areas such as pay and conditions, representation and inclusion, accessibility and funding, and that the crisis doesn’t result in a worsening of those areas where we still had work to do.

“In the coming weeks, we have a unique opportunity to assess the sector as a whole. We have a chance to identify what practices and norms from the old ways of working we want to leave behind, ​what we wish to protect and enhance, and what needs to change when we re-open.

“Getting this right will involve all of us, and that’s why we are ​asking for your help.

​”This ​Workers’ ​Inquiry ​seeks to create useful knowledge about work, exploitation, employer/worker relations and economic factors from the perspective of workers themselves – ​workers like ​you. ​It has been put together by Equity members across all the professions we represent from all ​over the UK. ​The knowledge ​and insights ​it produce​s ​will be invaluable tool​s for organising​, and ​that’s precisely what we need at this moment of crisis.

“To organise our way out of the pandemic and into a better, more equitable industry we need the maximum number of people involved and engaged with this work.

​”Please take the time to fill this in, ​and please ask your friends, your colleagues and your fellow workers to do the same. ​​Yours are the voices we need to hear.”

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