14 November 2011
Members in regional theatres continue to feel the ill effects of the recession with pay rates for most staff rising by just two per cent in 2011.
The pay agreement, ratified by TMA employers in the last few weeks, saw an award worth two per cent backdated to 4 April 2011 with staff employed on grade 5 (trainees) due to receive an additional one per cent from 3 October 2011.
The negotiations, conducted over the course of a year due to controversial proposals to change key conditions of employment, involved substantial consultation with members. Once the TMA had agreed to drop proposals to change some conditions of employment, members voted narrowly in September to accept the pay review.
Touring allowances reviewed
On a more positive note the TMA did respond to arguments for the review of allowances for touring opera and ballet this autumn. In most instances the rates were uprated by RPI from 2009 to the current figure to take account of the standstill from 2009.
Disney fares better
The continued success of the Lion King's West End production has led to agreement on a three year pay deal for full time staff; the agreement will see reviews of 4.75 per cent in year one (2011-12), 4.5 per cent in year two (2012-13) and 4.0 per cent in year three (2013-14).
Members should login for more details on the TMA pay and allowances schedule for 2011-12 and for more on the review of opera and ballet touring allowances.