NUJ #FairDeal4Freelances – a 10-point plan; Calls for a Freelance Commissioner; Free creative training courses.
The NUJ has published a freelance charter as part of its #FairDeal4Freelances campaign.
It calls for:
1/ Trade union collective bargaining to improve T&Cs for freelancers side by side with staff.
2/ Fair written contracts for asserting your rights.
3/ Respect for their creators’ rights and unwaivable moral rights.
4/ Equal rights with employees: sick pay, maternity, paternity and parental leave, unemployment benefit, full access to benefits.
5/ Choice over how you freelance and are taxed, with an end to advance tax payments.
6/ Work free from pressure to operate on a PAYE basis or through umbrella companies.
7/ Equal health & safety protections including training & insurances.
8/ Fair fees and terms and prompt payments.
9/ Dignity and respect at work, free from bullying, harassment or discrimination.
10/ Equal professional rights, including the right to protect sources, seek information and uphold ethical standards. See more.