Are Irish actors really moving to (UK) EQUITY?

At the recent (Siptu) Equity AGM a motion was proposed in relation to leaving Siptu and joining (UK) Equity ( The words UK no longer appears in the title after a successful motion from Northern Ireland and Scottish actors).

The motion was passed and that has given the Executive the imprimatur to begin negotiations with both Siptu and Equity to begin the move. My understanding is that actors have been very despondent with representation from Siptu in recent year and that the motion was well supported. In one instance an actor had expressed a lack of faith and very poor communication with Siptu having paid his yearly union fees he received no receipt for money paid over. Emails were sent to Des Courtney Film and Entertainment Branch Organiser for 4 consecutive months before a union representative finally replied to say the money had indeed been received. Actors have spoken of “disillusionment”, the union being “out of touch with it members” and actors “taking back control of our industry, our futures and pride in ourselves”.

The actors Executive are advising fellow actors to refrain from joining Siptu for now until it decides it next move, members have already engaged with Equity on how that might be accomplished. Some Irish actors have always been in Equity  while other have transferred in recent years, partially because they work between here and the UK but also their lack of confidence in Siptu represent them properly. If you have not been informed of recent developments contact Siptu film.entertainment@siptu.ie

The same disillusionment has become evident across most grades of Siptu’s Film and Entertainment Branch, the sole exception appears to be stagehands and riggers.

What would James Connolly views be of the current organisation?

© Tom Dowling 2012 image by Tom Dowling

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