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Malcolm Sinclair: Equity has ‘failed’ directors

Malcolm Sinclair, Equity president, speaking at Equity's annual representative conference 2015. Photo: Phil Adams
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Equity president Malcolm Sinclair has admitted that the union has failed its director members, claiming this had paved the way for new body Stage Directors UK.

Writing in the Equity magazine summer edition, Sinclair praised some of the union’s campaigning work, but said “Equity’s failure in an area of work can cause an organisation such as Stage Directors UK to emerge”.

“Many theatre directors have lost confidence in Equity adequately looking after them,” he said, adding that the union’s directors committee was “keen to address the situation”.

“SDUK seems to be producing good stuff, and I’m hoping the two outfits can work together to get the job done,” Sinclair said.

He said that improving the working lives of members was the “most important thing”, and claimed that this could mean teaming up with other bodies.

In the magazine, Sinclair also wrote about his concern that stage managers being offered buy-outs from Equity contracts were “being abused by cost-cutting producers”.

“As a union, we need to be much sharper in our response to what has been going on,” he said.