Richard’s Twitter game is really strong these days. New year, new resolutions? Whatever it may be, but today’s early morning tweet (4.51am for cod’s sake!!!) is fully endorsed by me.
What’s best about this (apart from the fact that he is very unlikely to delete this message) is that it is a message that can be retweeted, applauded and supported entirely and without reservation. Taking it on a slightly more general level – because I am
obviously not a member of the actors’ union – I think it is fantastic to see RA supporting workers’ rights and workers’ demands. Across all industries, unions provide not only their own members but *all* workers a voice. They are a collective power that can argue and negotiate for all workers of a particular sector. And they make sure that our rights and interests are being protected. In both of my careers, I have been a member of the respective union, and while still in my previous line of work, the union helped me survive a nasty case of workplace bullying that went all the way to arbitration – without their mental support and legal expertise I would’ve given in and given up.
So, I appreciate unions. And I appreciate Richard being part of this marketing effort. I believe that union membership nowadays is not quite as obligatory as it was when Richard joined Equity in 1990. Back then, it was the only way of being allowed to work as an actor. But nevertheless it is more important than ever to remember workers’ rights and to come together in solidarity for collective power. In a world ruled by capital and multinational conglomerates, unions have been eroded and excluded from many a workplace *again*. A worrying development, if you ask me. So a marketing drive like this is great!
“My card, my union” is a great slogan. And of course Equity is lucky – *they* have all the recognisable faces and names at their disposal. Unite, SIPTU, DGB, NEA et al. won’t be that lucky. But well, maybe we have power in numbers instead. So in a rare show of solidarity, this is My Card, My Union.
Are you a member of a union? Care to show? No obligation, you can stay anonymous, of course!