Equity (British trade union)

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for actors, stage managers and models in the United Kingdom.wikipedia
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Actor

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for actors, stage managers and models in the United Kingdom.
(See male as norm). "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper: 'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything. The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession". In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients (e.g., Academy Award for Best Actress).

May Whitty

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It was formed at the home of May Whitty and Ben Webster.
The British actors union Equity was established in her home.

Stage management

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for actors, stage managers and models in the United Kingdom.
Professional stage managers are represented by the British Actors' Equity Association, which also represents performers.

Closed shop

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Equity was one of the last of the closed shop trade unions in the UK.
However, Labour shadow arts minister Thangam Debbonaire announced to an Equity conference in May 2016 that she favoured the introduction of a "limited" closed shop for actors, as part of Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to strengthen and introduce a new package of employment rights beneficial to employees.

Apartheid

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In 1976, Equity introduced a policy of refusing to sell programmes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, an action that led to a virtual blackout of British television in apartheid South Africa.
After the arrival of television in South Africa in 1975, the British Actors Union, Equity, boycotted the service, and no British programme concerning its associates could be sold to South Africa.

Felix Aylmer

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1949: Felix Aylmer
Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969.

South African Broadcasting Corporation

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In 1976, Equity introduced a policy of refusing to sell programmes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, an action that led to a virtual blackout of British television in apartheid South Africa.
The British actors' union Equity had already started a boycott of programme sales to South Africa, which was not lifted until 1993.

Jeffry Wickham

1992: Jeffry Wickham
He served as President of the actors' trade union Equity from 1992 to 1994 and was the father of the actress Saskia Wickham.

Ernest Clark

1969: Ernest Clark
Clark was president of the actors' trade union Equity from 1969 to 1973.

Peter Plouviez

1973: Peter Plouviez
Plouviez began working for the British Actors' Equity Association in 1960, and became its general secretary in 1974.

Malcolm Sinclair (actor)

Malcolm Sinclair
2010: Malcolm Sinclair
Malcolm Sinclair (born 5 June 1950) is a British stage and television actor and former President of Trade Union, Equity 2010–18 when he stood down after 4 terms and was replaced by Maureen Beattie.

Alfred M. Wall

1930: Alfred M. Wall
This became Equity, and he was elected as its first secretary.

Derek Bond

1984: Derek Bond
He was president of the Actors' Union Equity for a tempestuous period during the 1980s.

Christine Payne

2005: Christine Payne
In 1979, she began working for the trade union Equity, and was its television commercials organiser from 1981, then its Assistant Secretary (Recorded Performances) from 1991.

Graham Hamilton

2008: Graham Hamilton
Graham Hamilton (born 27 November 1944 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) is a British stage and television actor who was the 15th President of Equity, the actors' trade union, between 2008 and 2010.

Lewis Casson

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1940: Lewis Thomas Casson
He was president of the British Actors' Equity Association from 1941 to 1945, and was knighted in 1945.

André Morell

1973: André Morell
In 1969, he became the vice president of Equity, the trade union for British actors and performers.

Nigel Davenport

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1986: Nigel Davenport
He was president of Equity from 1986 to 1992.

Ian McGarry

1991: Ian McGarry
In 1976, McGarry began working for the actors' trade union, Equity, as its assistant general secretary, with responsibility for its "mechanical media department".

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

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British Actors Equity Association

Federation of Entertainment Unions

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As of 2017, FEU comprises what is now the BECTU section of Prospect along with, Equity, the Musicians Union, the National Union of Journalists, the Professional Footballers' Association, Unite and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain - around 130,000 members in total are in the relevant sections of these unions.

John Barron (actor)

John Barron
1978: John Barron
He was president of the actors' union Equity from 1978 to 1982 and vice-president in 1977 and again from 1984-89.

Maureen Beattie

2018: Maureen Beattie
Beattie is active in the actors' trade union Equity, leading their investigations into sexual harassment in the industry.

Harry Landis

2002: Harry Landis
Landis was elected as President of Equity, the British actors' union, in July 2002.