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Edinburgh Fringe launches living wage guidelines

The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo: Jan Kranendonk/Shutterstock
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A code of conduct aimed at supporting venues and companies at the Edinburgh Fringe to pay the living wage has been drawn up.

The code has been developed between union BECTU and the Edinburgh Fringe Society. It outlines the basic considerations companies and venues should be aware of in achieving the living wage, and also provides information about statutory working hours and paid leave.

According to BECTU, the condensed nature of the festival “places unusual demands and pressures on the pay rates, working patterns and hours of work of staff”.

BECTU said the code was intended as “guidance towards best practice, rather than a condition of participation in the fringe”.

BECTU supervisory official Willy Donaghy added: “This positive initiative can only benefit the staff and employers who work so hard to make the Edinburgh Festival Fringe such a world-renowned success every year.”

Responding, the Fringe Society said the code was “designed to offer practical and clear guidance on implementing the living wage”.

It described the code as “a welcome addition to the comprehensive advice and guidance we offer to participants of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

The code can be accessed here.

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