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“The issues are very complicated and need to be sorted out. Now is the time because these issues have been rumbling along for years,” he added.
The LPC’s recommendation, which has been accepted by the government, follows motions submitted to Equity’s ruling council last summer, which called for clarification on how profit-share and low-paying fringe theatres fit into NMW guidelines and on the definition of amateur and professional performers.
However Franks admitted that a fringe company should be paying minimum wage if it employs people who are “working under direction”, but said it would be for the government to decide who should be exempt from paying the NMW in the sector.The motions were put forward by Equity walk on councillor Clive Hurst, but rejected by the Equity council.
“Sector specific guidance would be helpful so everyone knows where they stand,” he added.”
Published in THE STAGE Wednesday 31 March 2010 at 15:48 by