May Fest 2017

MayFest 2017 aims to celebrate and invigorate workers’ culture with a series of events in the home of Irish trade unionism. Produced by the SIPTU Dublin District Council this inaugural festival season includes plays and events that deal with working class history, culture and politics. Tickets available at the door. See the full listing of events

Farewell to Fidel Night

A night of song, tributes and film remembering the historic significance of Fidel Castro to international progressive politics will take place in Liberty Hall on Tuesday, 18th April. The date of the event coincides with the 56th anniversary of the defeat by Cuban forces of an invasion by counter-revolutionaries, backed by the CIA, at Playa Girón in Cuba.

Among those who will address the event are the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr. Hermes Herrera Hernández and SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor. Musicians performing will include Tony Oscar and the Cuban All Stars and Leo Rickard, Paul Kelly and Eric Fleming.

2017 Irish Equity AGM

NOTICE FOR MEMBERS: The 2017 Irish Equity AGM will take place in the Theatre in Liberty Hall on Sunday April 9th. Doors will open for 2pm for a 2.30pm start and the meeting will finish no later than 5.30pm. The full agenda will be sent to you in advance of the meeting.

This year the Equity Executive have decided to have a guest speaker at the AGM. This speaker will talk about the issue of taxation for performers and will cover issues such as double taxation, working as self-employed, working under an exclusion order, working with a duality of engagement arrangement and other issues. If you have a question about taxation, please email it to us at equity@siptu.ie by Friday March 24th so that we can ensure our expert can address as many queries as possible on the day.

The speaker will give a 15minute presentation at 4.30pm there will be a question and answer session thereafter.

The format for the business of the AGM will be similar to last year with motions moved from the rostrum. Movers of motions will have 5 minutes speaking time; seconders of motions will have 3 minutes and all other speakers will also have 3 minutes. The mover of motions will also have a 3-minute right of reply.

Motions Motions to the AGM must be submitted in writing to equity@siptu.ie on or before Friday March 24th.

Elections
Nominations for elections to any of the following must also be submitted in writing on or before Friday March 24th 2017 to equity@siptu.ie
Position of President
Position of Vice President
Committee Members (10)
Trustees (2)
Election of Board of Appeals Committee (3)

Attendance
Attendance is open to all benefit members of the union. If you are unsure of the status of your membership you can call Aileen on 01 8586304 or email us on equity@siptu.ie as your subscription must be paid in advance or on the day for you to be eligible to attend.

This annual meeting is an important meeting for catching up to date with the work of the union, for interacting with other members of the union, sharing information and generally being part of the professional performing community in a practical way. Please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Karan O Loughlin
Irish Equity

Padraig Murray
President, Irish Equity

Special offer for Irish Equity members!

As part of impending VOYAGE week at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, they are offering three great workshops for actors and aspiring writers – at a cost not to be believed! [Read more…]

End the gender pay gap

Because of the gender pay gap, Irish women effectively work the last 71 minutes of the day for free. We’re asking women in Ireland to take action this week by posting a #clockedout selfie on social media at 15:50 to mark the moment the pay gap kicks in.
Time to #CloseTheGap #clockedout…
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Lunchtime talks from the creative minds at the forefront of Irish culture, science and the arts

First Up: Creative entrepreneurs on breaking through
A series of lunchtime talks from the creative minds at the forefront of Irish culture, science and the arts.

on Wednesday, 8th March from 1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Paccar Theatre

The unique individuals featured in the First Up series believed in an idea and did everything possible to make that idea work. They invested in their own talent and creativity in order to create a career or lifestyle suited to their vision and personal aspirations.

The speakers will tell their own stories from the beginning, how they developed their ideas and will share their plans for the future.

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray were appointed as joint Directors of the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Both came to the Abbey Theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland, Graham as Associate Director and Neil as Executive Producer. Together, they are responsible for the Abbey’s programming from 2017 onwards.

You can see the full line up of speakers here.

First Up is a collaboration based at Trinity College Dublin between Science Gallery Dublin and Trinity Long Room Hub.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – REGISTER NOW

Larkin Commemoration

Conference: Future of Work in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Sector, 8-9 September 2016

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Housing Rally Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May

The housing situation in Dublin and around the country is at crises levels where we now have over 2,600 adults, including 790 families and over 1600 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin alone. This means moving from hostel to hostel or hotel room to hotel room with their children often on a daily basis. 74 families have become homeless in Dublin in April this year alone. There is no human dignity in this colleagues, this is a human rights issue and a trade union issue. Perhaps many of you can see the parallels to the conditions that existed for many citizens 100 years ago in 1916.

Our union is involved with the National Homeless and Housing Coalition which is also supported by a range of organisations, political parties and other unions.Together we a rallying outside the Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May to march to the GPO to demand action on this issue.

Be part of the solution and give an hour of your time if you can.

Fair Internet for Performers

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Make the Internet Fair for Performers: Sign the petition: Performers bring life and soul to artistic works. Without them, Europe would not enjoy the vibrant cultural scene it does today and the creative content sector, which makes a vital contribution to Europe’s economy, would simply not exist. However, performers are still not properly rewarded when their performances are exploited on digital media.  SIGN THE PETITION TODAY