Performers and stage managers will need to provide evidence they have earned a minimum of £500 over a three-year period to stand for election in specialist seats on Equity’s council after members voted in favour of the move.
Equity has previously said the rule change is aimed at ensuring those who represent its members have relevant experience in their particular fields. The seats covered by the rule change include dancers, singers, stage managers and variety performers, as well as those for members with disabilities, and minority ethnic seats.
Members wishing to stand in the general list category – of which there are 12 positions available – will require no proof of earnings.
A statement against the rule change previously warned that earnings are “not necessarily reflective of one’s experience or involvement in the industry”.
In addition, the statement claimed there is less work for minority ethnic members, LGBT members and women, and warned that requiring minimum earnings was “potentially discriminatory”.
Assistant general secretary Matt Hood said he was “grateful that members supported the position of the union’s annual conference and governing council” following a referendum on the rule change.
“It was good to see there was debate around some of the questions, which reflects the union’s healthy democracy. Equity believes these changes will improve the union’s ability to work effectively and fairly on behalf of our members,” he added.
The total number of members entitled to vote was 46,703, with 3,559 (8%) voting.