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Rights for Freelance Workers in the Media and Creative Industries

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1262: tabled on 10 December 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by the severe hardship which Covid-19 has caused for many freelance and self-employed workers; notes that the media and creative industries represent a major growth sector which is worth more than £111 billion to the UK economy, yet freelance workers in the sector have been left bereft of the many rights most employees take for granted; welcomes the National Union of Journalists' #FairDeal4Freelances campaign and the publication of the Freelance Charter, which seeks redress for those missing out on financial assistance during Covid-19 and to fight for a radical reform of our rights to ensure job protection and benefits are not dependent on employment status; calls for the right to organise in a trade union, to have a written contract with fair terms and conditions, prompt payment and equal treatment at work in terms of health and safety; believes that freelances should get holiday pay, parental leave and allowances and a retirement pension; and further believes that they should have the right to resist companies forcing them on to PAYE, to incorporate as a limited company, or work under umbrella companies.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Blake, Olivia
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Sheffield, Hallam
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 14 December 2020
Islington North
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Streatham
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Jarrow
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 14 December 2020
Leicester East
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Stockport
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Liverpool, Riverside
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
East Lothian
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Birkenhead
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Cardiff West
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2020
Wansbeck
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 14 December 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 14 December 2020
Foyle
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 December 2020
Glasgow South West
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 December 2020
Strangford
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 December 2020
Glasgow Central
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2020
Hemsworth
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 17 December 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 January 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2021
Brighton, Kemptown

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.