Directors UK has joined broadcasters and organisations from across the industry in backing a Coalition for Change, aimed at improving the working conditions currently faced by freelancers.
Announced by coalition organizers The TV Mindset on Monday, the Coalition for Change - which is made up of industry groups including BECTU, PACT and Viva La PD alongside broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky - will have its first meeting in September or October this year. These meetings will continue on a quarterly basis.
The Coalition for Change will explore a wide range of issues facing freelancers today, including, but not limited to: employment and recruitment practices, health and safety, workplace culture, race and diversity, bullying and harassment, training and talent progression, new talent and mental health and wellbeing.
In a statement of intent signed by Directors UK, the Coalition for Change said: “We believe every freelancer working in our industry deserves decent working and that we should all advocate a culture that promotes respect, professionalism and investment in people.”
“The best creative content will come from an industry that puts people first, celebrates difference and enables us all to thrive. Ours is an industry made up of a huge range of different companies, broadcasters and talented people, and we all have a role to play in shaping the way we work.”