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Equity takes action with La Boheme- Soho Theatre’s highest grossing show


The Stage newspaper online reports: “Producers of the Olivier Award-winning La Boheme have come under fire for not paying the show’s chorus just hours after the show picked up the best new opera production prize at Sunday’s ceremony. La Boheme … Continue reading

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Equity/BECTU bust Avalon TV over unpaid ‘Al Murry’ extras


The Stage reports” Avalon’s advert, spotted by The Stage, said it needed “extras for a shoot with Al Murray”, promising that those who participate will “be part of our television show’s title sequence” and have the chance to “meet Al … Continue reading

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PETITION: BECTU and EQUITY lead the way to Licence agents


Sign the petition for the return of agency licencing From The Equity Website: Equity, BECTU and the National Association of Supporting Artistes Agents have joined forces to launch a petition calling on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) … Continue reading

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Ed Milliband wants to improve minimum wage enforcement


http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/mar/19/ed-miliband-energy-secretary-interview Indeed, those agitating for an increase in the minimum wage will get something in the manifesto, Miliband insists. When asked about immigration and whether the government has done enough, he insists that perceptions of immigration as being a bad … Continue reading

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Police claim MI5 said it was OK to hire unpaid actors


A shocking allegegation of minimum wage infractions by people who should really know better: the Police. From a lead NEWS article in THE STAGE written by Jamie Elliott based on a tip off from TVWatercooler.org. “The Association of Chief Police Officers … Continue reading

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Volunteering: ‘the commercialisation and consumerisation of democracy’


Exerpt from ‘Young People and the “Big Society”‘ on the site Ourkingdom- power and liberty in Briton. Although altruism remains an essential motivation, under these kinds of ‘careerist volunteering’ schemes it is clear that young people are being encouraged to … Continue reading

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Old Vic to exploit vulnerable young workers in dubious internships


Normally AMW blog does not involve itself in the issue of unpaid internships.  But the Old Vic has been on the radar recently, as currently one of the biggest employers of unpaid actors in the country. The Old Vic has not … Continue reading

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ACE is redeveloping the Arts Jobs site to counter unlawful ‘Volunteering Oportunities’


Bravo Arts Council! Great insight and vision to introduce screening questions for unpaid ads. This is a major step forward not only for actors, but for the organisations and companies that offer legitimate unpaid opportunities and learning experiences for entry … Continue reading

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Arts Council suspends all Artsjobs adverts of unpaid work


From: http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/ “Please note that due to the high volume of adverts for unpaid opportunities that contravene Minimum Wage Regulations we are temporarily suspending adverts for unpaid work, work experience, voluntary roles or internships. This is so we can make … Continue reading

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The Press Association: Unpaid internships ‘violating law’


Kayte Lawton, research fellow at the IPPR, said: “Too many employers don’t understand the law when it comes to hiring interns. There is a mistaken belief that employers can take on people on a voluntary basis if both sides agree … Continue reading

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