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ENO Chorus dispute settled

Thanks to everyone who supported ENO Chorus singers by signing their petition against pay and staff cuts. We’re happy to be able to announce a success – the dispute has been resolved without the need for tonight’s scheduled strike action.

As part of the negotiated settlement, the Chorus have reluctantly agreed to a reduction in their guaranteed pay to help ENO management make the savings it says it needs following funding cuts. They have negotiated a guaranteed pay level of £35,000, a considerable improvement on the £30,685 management had sought to impose.

In return ENO management has agreed to work with the Chorus and Equity to increase opportunities for additional work during the Summer when no opera is being produced at the Coliseum. This will provide additional income for Chorus members and will help ENO reach more audiences outside of London. We hope this deal will mean ENO management stabilises the company and returns it to all-year round opera production in the near future.

The Chorus and Equity would like to thank everyone who stood alongside them at this difficult time. More than 6,500 people signed their online petition here on Going To Work, and this helped put public pressure on management to come back to the table.

It was a major decision for the Chorus to vote for strike action, given their commitment to the best performances for the ENO’s audience, and the public support they’ve received helped hugely in keeping their resolve. Equity’s Christine Payne said:

“I pay tribute to the dignity with which Chorus members have conducted themselves through this very difficult time. They are an astonishing group of people.”

18 Mar 16

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