The MU is concerned that no mention of our members’ jobs was made in the recent statement from ENO regarding their move to Greater Manchester.
We are already fighting the proposal to reduce the work and pay of our members by 40% and the lack of clarity concerning the future is worrying.
It is essential that the current members of the orchestra and music staff be offered what work is generated in Manchester
Our members do not know if the current offer of six months’ work in the Coliseum is a maximum or a minimum in the long term, nor have they been told whether or not they will be offered jobs in the new Greater Manchester base.
They face huge financial problems in the coming months and years with, as yet, no hope that the proposed cuts will be lessened by work in the new base.
It is essential that the current members of the orchestra and music staff be offered what work is generated in Manchester in order to retain ENO as more than simply a branding exercise. Both London and Manchester audiences deserve no less.
MU London Regional Organiser Jamie Pullman said: “We are continuing to talk to ENO regarding their proposals and are looking into the figures they have given us to see if there is an alternative solution that will mitigate the damage to our members”.