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Redundancy threat to RSC stage door staff lifts as in-house service is retained

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Stage door staff at the Royal Shakespeare Company are no longer facing redundancy after the theatre company vowed to retain an in-house service.

As reported by The Stage earlier this week, the RSC has been consulting with backstage union BECTU on restructuring certain services within the organisation, including its fire, security and stage door services.

Concerns had been raised that the plans threatened the role of the theatre’s stage door staff, but the RSC has now said it will “retain a revised role of stage door keeper in-house”.

A spokeswoman told The Stage that this role is carried out by multiple people “and we do not intend to reduce this number”.

The company’s initial proposal included the possibility of changing the security, fire officers and stage door roles so that a new combined role would undertake the these duties.

However, while stage door staff will be retained in a revised role, the RSC said it was continuing with a proposal to merge the fire and safety officer roles, with the fire officer role “absorbed into the security roles”, which are contracted out.

In a joint statement, BECTU’s Mick Corfield and RSC director of human resources, Jo Pitman, said: “The RSC is now moving into the next phase of consultation with some staff and BECTU about proposed changes to how the company delivers its fire, security and stage door services. Following consultation with those affected, and giving serious consideration to alternative approaches submitted, some revisions to the proposals have been presented.”

It added: “Among other things we are proposing to retain a revised role of stage door keeper in-house. BECTU and the RSC continue to have meaningful consultation with those affected,” it added.

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