Equity members call for investigation into fees charged by recruitment websites

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An investigation into job advertisement websites that charge entertainers money to see basic information about work has been called for by Equity members.

Speaking at the union’s Annual Representative Conference, Michael Mackenzie, a member of the Scottish national committee, proposed that the union calls on employers using these sites to share some of the financial burden that currently lies with union members.

He said: “We are asking for this to be looked into and also to raise the problem of all these nasty websites that say unless you pay them £30 a month you are not going to get a job. Its insidious.”

The motion, which was passed unanimously, urged Equity to consider lobbying the government to amend the law to differentiate between legitimate theatrical agencies and “other employment services”.

 

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