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Equity appoints Charlotte Bence as low pay/no pay organiser

Charlotte Bence
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Charlotte Bence is to replace Emmanuel de Lange as Equity’s low pay/no pay organiser.

Bence is a former student scheme coordinator for the union, and returns to Equity having recently worked at Unite, overseeing workers in the hospitality sector.

Equity general secretary Christine Payne said Bence brought with her a “wealth of experience to assist members” in this part of the industry.

Bence said: “I am really pleased to come back to Equity and will bring some very useful experience from organising workers in the hospitality sector with Unite. Equity’s work around low and no pay through its Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign has been a great success as has brought in more than £2.75 million in wages for performers and stage managers working in fringe theatre, and raised awareness of the importance of decent terms and conditions on the fringe.”

She added: “I aim to build on and develop this work, and will continue to persuade employers that union agreements can and do deliver for workers and companies alike.”