Fair Pay for Freelancers
THE APRIL meeting of London Freelance Branch heard from Anna Codrea-Rado, who has been a freelance for two years after being made redundant from Vice. She's been running The Professional Freelancer weekly newsletter - theprofessionalfreelancer.substack.com - "as I'm learning".
Payment issues became apparent to Anna very quickly. At the beginning of this year, when The Pool website closed, freelances were left thousands of pounds out of pocket. So Anna started a campaign around Fair Pay for Freelancers - www.bit.ly/fairpayforfreelancers - the campaign's demands include an end to payment on publication, strengthened law on late payments, and the abolition of "bottlenecks" such as those around the timewasting bureaucracy of having to get a purchase order number before you can get paid.
The campaign has an open letter, which over 1000 have signed. This has been featured in Press Gazette, the Financial Times and elsewhere.
Anna (not yet an NUJ member at the time of writing) asked LFB how she could work with NUJ.
She is seeking to explore how its institutional support could be lent to engage media organisations to get them to adhere to the above "asks". These, as Anna pointed out, are very basic rights, some of them set in law and just being ignored.
LFB's joint Branch Secretary Phil Sutcliffe said of Anna's The Professional Freelancer newsletter that "as a freelance for 40 years" he finds he can still learn from it and welcomed Anna "as an ally".