Performers are being urged to report unpaid jobs being advertised on social media, as Equity vows to redouble its efforts to address the issue.
A motion proposed at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference 2019 said that there has been an increase in roles being advertised on social media that are voluntary or expenses only.
Proposing the motion, secretary of Dorset General Branch Chris Gallarus said: “I’ve seen it constantly, you see Facebook posts, Twitter feeds saying: ‘Hey, we’ve got this opportunity and guess what? You get paid in exposure.’
“Unfortunately, exposure doesn’t put diesel in my car, it doesn’t put food on my table, so I’m not working for exposure.”
He added: “Is there any other business where people are asked to work for nothing to get exposure? Try that with the plumber, try that with the person fixing your car.”
The motion, which was passed unanimously, said: “The Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign has raised awareness of this problem and is having an effect.
“However, it is incumbent upon members to continue to highlight these breaches of employment law to staff so that action can be taken, and producers engaged with by the union.”
The motion called on Equity to “redouble its efforts in actively promoting the importance of the Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign”.
Equity will also extend the campaign to further encourage members to report unpaid casting notices, under the suggested campaign title #TellEquity.
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