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Pay boost for performers and stage managers working for independent theatre companies

A Frantic Assembly production. Frantic Assembly is one of the companies covered by the new agreement A Frantic Assembly production. Frantic Assembly is one of the companies covered by the new agreement
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Performers and stage managers working for independent theatre companies will receive a 5.4% pay rise under a new agreement negotiated by Equity.

The union and the Independent Theatre Council have agreed a two-year settlement for 2018 to 2020, which will see basic weekly pay rise from £458 to £471 in 2018, and to £483 in 2019.

All other payments and allowances will increase at the same rate, as will fees for creatives and the new rates of pay will come into effect on April 1.

The agreement covers all theatre companies signed up to ITC’s Ethical Managers list, which includes Frantic Assembly, Cardboard Citizens, Actors Touring Company, Graeae Theatre, Paines Plough, Tamasha Theatre Company and Told By An Idiot.

The settlement will also see employers’ contributions to pensions rise to 3% of pay in 2018, then 5% in 2019, with workers paying 2% and 3%.

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