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Equity is the only UK Trade Union to represent workers from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment. Our membership is made up of 36,500 actors, singers, comedians and performers throughout the entire spectrum of dance from ballet to contemporary and cabaret, including pole dancers, burlesque and erotic performers.

Equity campaigned strongly against the provisions of the Policing and Crime Act. During the passage of this legislation Equity was very concerned that lap dancing and other such venues would be reclassified as ‘sex encounter establishments’ and lobbied for the more appropriate designation of ‘sexual entertainment venue”.

Becoming a member of Equity brings with it a range of benefits including representation and services including public liability and accident insurance, help with disputes at work and advice on tax and national insurance payments. For more information on joining please visit www.equity.org.uk