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Christine Payne re-elected as Equity’s general secretary

General secretary of Equity Christine Payne General secretary of Equity Christine Payne
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Christine Payne has been re-elected for a third term as general secretary of Equity.

Payne, who has held the position since 2005, is now expected to carry on in the role until 2020.

During her time as general secretary Equity’s membership has grown from 35,921 in 2005 to almost 40,000 in 2015.

Responding to her election, Payne said: “Equity is a unique and very special union and I am very proud to be its General Secretary. We have been growing stronger and stronger over recent years and this is solely because of the support and involvement of members in campaigns, in their branches, on Equity’s committees and on the council. I could not do my job without that support and without the hard work of a very talented group of staff which it is my privilege to lead.”

A statement on Equity’s website says that in those 10 years the union’s finances “have been stabilised and have been in surplus in all but two years”.

It adds: “These two developments have given Equity the strength to defend the union’s collective agreements.”

Payne stood unopposed for the election after a nomination from the union’s council.