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The Shift: Issue #28

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 […]

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The Shift: Issue #26

Sole trader vs limited company or umbrella – what’s best? IR35 changes; Parliamentary debate on the future of work; Seth Godin on creative practice. I had to set up a limited company last year for a new contract role via an agency. My tax status only came up after I’d done the interview, a written […]

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Interview: Achim Amann, Black Label, Berlin – “The state has a lot of credibility right now. They decided to help the economy by giving freelancers 5k and small companies up to 15k.”  

Germany has had twice as many diagnoses of Covid-19 but a much lower number of deaths than other countries thanks to mass testing and a fast lockdown. The state has also asked humanities academics to advise on ethical and human approaches to the lockdown. The 26-strong working group – historians, philosophers, and teachers – pulled […]

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Corona Diaries: Workers Who Fall Through the Cracks

Thank you, Harriet Harman! The Labour MP for Camberwell & Peckham has written a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak on behalf of self-employed creatives who fall through the cracks re government support for coronavirus. “I am writing to ask what further provision you are considering for these self-employed people who fall between the two schemes […]