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Actor petitions casting site Mandy to advertise Equity minimum-rate jobs only

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Casting site the Mandy Network is facing calls only to advertise acting jobs that offer at least the Equity minimum wage as a way of tackling low and no pay in the industry.

More than 270 people have so far signed an online petition asking the site to “take a stand with the rest of the industry” and only advertise employers that provide actors with rates that are at least in line with the minimum set out by union Equity.

Actor Johnny Neal, who started the campaign, said a major job resource such as Mandy was setting a bad example by allowing low and no pay jobs to be advertised on its site.

The Mandy Network, formerly Casting Call Pro, describes itself as a leading jobs platform for cast, crew and creative professionals, and has more than two million members worldwide.

Employers are able to post jobs for free. However, people seeking work are required to pay a subscription to access postings.

The petition says: “[Mandy] only asks that employers compensate actors with a minimum wage of £70 a day.

“Of course, some employers provide more than this, but when you take into consideration the fact that the website itself sets actors back £20 per month plus agency fees for negotiating contracts and travel expenses, you can see how the fees being offered can ill provide an actor with the finances with which to continue their career.”

At present, 274 people have signed the petition, but Neal said he hoped to inspire a domino effect and help stamp out unpaid and low paid jobs.

The Mandy Network did not respond to a request for comment.

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