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Ipswich: Unison “positive” over changes to staff contracts at The Ipswich Regent

06:00 22 March 2014

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich


The Ipswich branch of Unison has said major changes to staff contracts at The Regent should be broadly “positive”.


Members of staff at the theatre are set to see their contracts move from a casual basis to a new deal giving them permanent hours.

Suzanne Williams, secretary for the Ipswich branch of Unison, said she only expected a small number of staff to have to re-apply for their jobs.

“We do not believe there’s a need for any job losses here from looking at the report which went to the Human Resources Committee,” she said.

“With the casual contract at the moment there’s no certainty, no security with that. It may not be the case that people will need to re-apply, but it may be the case that some people may need to go through that.

“If it’s not necessary for people to go through the interview process then that’s great. For a lot of people it could be a very scary experience.”

The new contract should ensure workers get access to benefits such as pension schemes, holidays and sick pay.

She said the union was working with the employer, Ipswich Borough Council, over the changes.

A pool of casual staff will still be needed to meet the theatre’s demands, Ms Williams said.

She hopes many workers will be able to be selected to continue their role within the theatre.

The council has maintained that the changes are not “cost-cutting measures” and would give workers “guaranteed hours”.

A borough spokesman said: “We are changing the way we employ some of them because they work there regularly and as such are entitled to full employment rights.

“Previously, they have been on casual contracts without such rights.

“We are asking people who have been on casual contracts previously to let us know which roles and how many hours they want to be contracted for so we can ensure we have a fair and transparent process and can ensure that we have the right skills in the right places.”

“The council is working closely with those affected and with Unison to minimise the impact of the process of delivering this change which is ultimately beneficial to the workforce,” he added.



  • Never have I been to an Entertainment venue with such Miserable staff! Close the Regent and put some of those old farts who've been working there since the 50's out of their misery.

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    Chopper Hammond

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I bought a round of drinks for my mates during the interval and I am still waiting for the deeds to the building to be delivered as I am sure I must have bought the whole building. Queuing in the hall for the smelly old bogs reminded me of being in my very delapidated old primary school during playtime. It is funny how smells can take you back in time! However the smell is in the present. It needs pulling down as that whole area of the town is like visiting a third world country or Ipswich as it is otherwise known.

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    Billy Knowbend

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Close the place its a big mill stone round the tax payers neck

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    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Never have I been to an Entertainment venue with such Miserable staff! Close the Regent and put some of those old farts who've been working there since the 50's out of their misery.

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    Chopper Hammond

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • those old farts are still working.

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    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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