The SWEAT (Stop Work Experience Abuse Today) campaign was born as a result of TVWRAP. It has successfully “encouraged” the BBC to actively address their work experience practices, “persuaded” the Film Council to require all junior grades in their funded films to be paid at least the legal minimum, and then did the same for workers on Arts Council funded work. On top of this numerous young workers have ended up being paid their legal minimum as a result of their employers being name and shamed on here.
Direct action by the members on this thread also resulted in Production Base refusing to accept any more adverts for unpaid work, and forcing Shooting People, Talent Circle and mandy.com to issue warnings on their sites and filter out the worst offenders (with, it has to be said, mixed success*). The information gathered in these threads is also sent on to the Low Pay Commission every year to feed into their annual report on the operation of the National Minimum Wage. It works.
Mark Watson is always on hand to help those who have worked for free when they should have been paid, and he can get you the money you are owed, even if it was years ago.
It’s free and you are guaranteed to remain anonymous.
Drop him an email now – firstname.lastname@example.org
Now read the latest from The Sweat Team