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Musicians Union Back Petition For Freelance Musicians Rights

Musicians Union Launch 'Work Not Play' Initiative
Musicians Union Launch 'Work Not Play' Initiative
Recently the Musicians Union have backed a petition that aims to force employers to pay freelance workers on time through legal means.

The petition reads as follows:

"Too many times have we all(as freelancers) faced clients that do not pay, or take forever to do so. We have no structure or law to support us in this matter except for a small claims court. Sometimes larger client can bully a sole trader/contractor into relying on their terms rather than the other.

Employers and agencies often sit on the money to gain their own interest rather than pay quickly and on time. The freelance contractor has no power and has to wait because the money is valuable to them."

Studies conducted by the IPSE and Freelancer Club indicate that free work costs freelancers upwards of an estimated £5,394 per person every year. Freelancers are also thought to have spent an average of 31 chargeable days in the past two years working for next to no pay. This free work trend is also thought to disproportionately effect both women and young workers. 54 percent of freelancers who work for free hope to have accumulated exposure of their work whereas 20 percent work free as standard practice.

An initiative heralded by the Musicians Union called 'Work Not Play' aims to raise awareness of musicians who are asked to work for these less than favourable pay. Speaking of the plight that is currently plaguing many of the UK's freelance musicians, the Musicians Union stated:

"More and more professional musicians are being asked to work for free on a regular basis,” said the MU. “Over 60% of MU members we surveyed last year said they worked for free in the previous 12 months. Among students, that number was even higher. Over 90 percent told us they had been asked to work for no fee in the previous 12 months.”

For those who feel like they are subject to unfair terms of employment, contact The Musicians Union or use the hashtag #WorkNotPlayMU to get your story heard.

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 22 Dec 2016 12:01 to category : Music News

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