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SIGN THE PETITION TO SAY NO TO UNPAID WORK.
I WILL NOT POST OR APPLY TO UNPAID WORK
CODE OF CONDUCT
Definition: Unpaid work
Unpaid work is any scenario where a business exploits an individual for commercial gain by not
paying for labour or services that have been provided by that individual.
Unpaid work can have a damaging effect on the relationship between freelancers and their clients.
It creates an environment where freelancers suspect their clients of trying to take advantage of
them, rather than a positive working relationship. Unpaid work not only devalues the individual but impacts the creative industry resulting in a lack of diversity, a diluted talent pool and a poorer economy.
Note: There is a distinction between unpaid work and work experience, voluntary work and
Work experience is a formalised opportunity, agreed in advance,
for individuals to observe a real
work environment and undertake relevant activities within this environment to learn skills. Eg:
In both of the above, there is no expectation of payment as they are clearly part of a wider
training or educational process.
Voluntary work is simply where labour is provided without the expectation of payment by the
individual or business providing the services. Volunteers are not entitled to the minimum wage.
Collaborative work including Test Shoots or ‘Time for Print’ (TFP)
In the instance of a Test Shoot the collaborative end result has no direct commercial gain.
In all instances, we strongly recommend a contract is used to outline the terms of the agreement.
THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR FREELANCERS
I AGREE NOT TO WORK FOR FREE IF:
I WILL ONLY WORK FOR FREE IF:
By agreeing to this code of conduct, I am showing that I value my work, and the work of my
colleagues and competitors. I agree to help my colleagues and share with them opportunities,
knowledge and skills to ensure that everyone is treated equally
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CLIENTS
By agreeing to this code of conduct, I agree to treat those I work with fairly and respect the
talent, skills and value of those I engage on a freelance basis.
NAMES WHO'VE SIGNED
Emma Le Blanc
"I am signing this petition because I am a freelance Career Adviser who is not being paid for the actual hours out of interviews I am doing outside of Careers Interviews i.e. researching and writing Action Plans. I believe all workers should be paid fully for the hours they are worked and treated with respect and dignity in the workplace."
"I want to be paid as much as my peers in full time employed jobs."
"Freelancers should be taken seriously and paid for their work."
"There is an expectation that as a freelancer, I will offer a certain amount of time and experience for free. People don't understand that this is my living. I am working to pay bills and to support my family. I'm not paid for taking leave, and I don't have a pension scheme. People don't see the hours of work which go into life as a freelancer. I cannot afford to work for free, and it's insulting to be asked to in return for 'exposure' or 'experience'."
"I am a venue finder and my clients give me a remit to find a venue for conference or an event. Unit the client contract to the venue I work for free getting commission form the client chosen venue after the event. My problem is that after i have done all the work and sent the client the proposal they either say they do not want to go ahead or go behind my back and contact the venue directly. This can be hours or even days of work and don't get paid."
"I have freelanced for over 20 years and this is a problem I have experienced myself. It must be addressed and stopped."
"90% of my clients would probably consider me a volunteer as opposed to a paid contractor. I now refuse to do any work until a discussion about being paid is had, and I submit my invoices the same day, expecting them to be paid within 28 days. Working for free does not pay my running costs or household bills, so I have become very selective with who I work with."
"Tired of being unpaid or underpaid"
"Many people have tried to exploit me over the past 3 years, expecting work for free in return for exposure. It's like they think they're doing me a favour! I will NOT devalue myself and work for free and want to encourage other freelancers to take a stand and say NO to unpaid work."
"Fed up of being asked to 'just explain this' or 'could you just check this before I submit my self assessment'"
"we all professional and work hard, some people try to be very cleaver to see many and try to get there work done by free work and use peoples"
"Nobody likes to be exploited. A "thanks" and a promise don't pay the bills."
"I`m a tattoo artist and I get a lot of requests from people asking for free work in exchange of ``exposure`` (as they have a large number of followers) or trade services (that don`t match the actual cost of the tattoo)."
"Opposed to the exploitation of freelancers & the devaluing of illustration & design"
"Am a freelancer"
"Being 21 is seen before my 4 years of experience and track record of success - the expectation of free labour entrenches a lack of diversity, ignores skills & is hurting companies as well as young people"
Adam Desmond Wenham
"Professional work should always be paid. My talent and skills are valuable and it devalues me when people think they can get me to do free work."
"As a freelance journalist, I have regularly come across the expectation of experienced professionals to give away their writing for free - work that takes hours to produce and that adds value to the company or publication. This usually comes under the guise of giving you 'experience', insinuating that all writers should feel grateful for even unpaid work and that even those with prolific titles and experience under their belts should still take on free labour to enhance their profile."
"Together we should make sure this way of thinking goes away"
"It's time to claim for the same rights as any other worker"
"Freelance creatives provide valuable services that help their clients attract customers. They deserve to be compensated for their efforts."
"Professional work should never be done for free."
"Say no to all TFP as breaks UK minimum wage laws."
"I am an illustrator and I want to be paid for my work just like everyone else."
"I am a freelance translator. In Italy translators are seen as people who know language so there is no recognition of the study and the work beyond this job."
"If you expect me to do good work, expect to pay me for it."
"I discovered a paid freelancer who had been offered a job and had his price accepted was sitting wondering why they didn't confirm. They had been looking for a freelancer behind his back, and were just dangling him on a string letting him refuse other offers of work in the meantime. Not good for him, me, or anyone else to allow this kind of unethical behaviour to carry on."
"Sick of unpaid work."
"We all must play our part in sustaining the professional and monetary value of freelance work #nofreework"
"This is why I hate the term "freelancer", and think we should stop using it. Too many clients take the "free" part literally."
"I'm freelance interpreter and altough I don't accept work for free often in the past had been underpaid or when there isn't enough work going around I have to do work for companies at reduced fee nowhere near the professional fee."
"Being a freelancer, I understand this highly therefore I’m signing!!"
"I am fed up with companies/people expecting work in return for credit/exposure, or hiring you and then not paying invoices"
Maria Pia Dell'Omo
"I'm a free-lance editor."
"sick of this, i cant live of a credit.. Newspapers and the like are now trying their luck at this approach even more so and needs to be stopped"
"Too much talent and skill is being undermined. This is for all of us."
"Work should be payed!"
"We pay for makeup education, we pay for our kit, our skills and our transport. Doing jobs for free? How we will survive?"
"Free work is the plague of our industry. It diminishes our negotiating power and hinders the establishment of freelancers as recognised professionals."
"Because freelancers deserve to be paid for their services just like anyone else."
"Unpaid work devalues the skills of freelancers"
"Many years of being exploited as a freelancer"
"I always refuse free work, of course I do I want to maintain my and the industry integrity, but spurned customers always manage to find it somewhereelse."
"Sick of being asked to work for free!!!"
"No free jobs for freelance people"
"I’ve been asked to work for free or for very little over the years, it just doesn’t make sense that people think this is ok!"
"I want everyone to increase their self worth. Never has free work lead to paid work for me."
"Hate working for free"
"strength in numbers! If all freelancers have the same mind set, we will not drive our selves to extinction as a business sector. I don't want untold wealth, just fair reward for the work i do!"
"Sick of being asked to work for freem"
"Because "exposure" is not a goose that lays a golden egg. It's taking advantage of freelancers' income concerns."
Tom James Cowan
"I am a Counsellor, qualified Counsellors are working for free to gain hours to be "accredited" which is not neccesary to practice. Devalues and undermines the profession."
"I am a Freelance Photorapher"
"Demanding that people give you their time and talents and offering nothing in return is a sign of selfishness, self-entitlement, and anti-capitalism. I believe it should be a prosecutable offense as a form of extortion. No one owes you anything just because you own or manage a business, and if you can't pay your workers, you don't manage your business well."
"I get asked everyday to work for free or commission and have even been asked to pay to doneork for someone!"
"I agree the freelancers need support. Only privagled young people can work without payment . This means working class young people can not afford to get in too this industry even if they are talented."
Anya Jane Magee
"Because our crafts and talents take time and effort and we should be able to make a living from doing what we love"
"I’m a freelancer. Unpaid work is exploitation"
Faika Cansin Gursoy
"It's about time self employed freelancers received some respect!"
"I’m a freelance makeup artist who is often asked to work for little or no money"
"I don't want to be used for free labour"
"How should I live if I did not get paid!"
"Journalists deserve to be paid"
"A small but well-known football club wanted me to work for them for free, in an ongoing capacity and for a significant amount of time per month. There's no way I would have said yes, but I expect someone did. It devalues the marketing profession, my qualifications and my very many years of experience."
"First experience of a client bullying me into free work, and realising how common it is!"
Ben John Bagley
"When first starting freelancing I got asked to do a lot of free work. No matter your experience you should always be paid for the work you do."
"I paid money (and now have a large debt!) to do a degree and have spent many years exploring and refining my work. To be asked to work for free is a complete disregard for time, money and effort put into talents."
"I am a freelancer!"
"I value what I do as a professional service - not a free service..."
"If I put time and money into learning skills/ gaining experience and someone wants me to use said skills to benefit their company, then I deserve to be paid. There's a difference between a hobby and working. Unless you're rich or very well connected it's increasingly more difficult to get work."
"I have repeatedly been asked to work for free making it impossible to make a living from art when work isn't valued like it should be"
"I am a freelancer and it's just plain exploitation"
"I don't want to be emotionally blackmailed anymore"
"I am a freelance illustration artist and want to be paid like everyone else who works"
"I can't afford to work for free anymore"
Mrs Melandra A Smith
"I have never had to work for free and I am not going to start now."
"As an actor I am tired of being expected to do free work despite the amount of time, money and effort I put into my craft"
"It is totally unreasonable that people are asked to work for nothing. It is exploitative and has no place in business."
"Reoccurring issues with large companies not paying me."
"Because I believe in being paid a fair wage for a skilled job."
"I'm tired to being asked to "invest in a company" by working free in hopes I will benefit when they benefit. I have more than 20 years of experience and the payoff never happens. Ever."
"Freelancers are talented individuals who choose to work for themselves rather than making money for big corporations and they deserve to be paid a fairly for the work they do."
"Fair is fair."
"Exposure doesn't pay the bills."
"My son has undertaken unpaid work on many occasions in the hope that it would lead to “something” else.
I pay his rent to help ease financial hardship."
"I can’t pay my bills with exposure."
"I no longer wish for our media industry to expect us to work for 1.5 hrs free when no other department does because simply it's been that way for a long time !!!"
"I actually need to feed myself, unpaid /low paid opportunities aren't good enough"
Sarah Ann Lamb
"I'm tired of constantly being asked to work for free in return for an IMDb credit, travel expenses and a free lunch."
"In fashion and journalism - two field I work into it - paid in "exposure" is the norm. No matter how many years of "exposure" you got, if you are not friends with the right people, being paid is a dream. Not to mention the effort you've to make when paid to chase these invoices. It has gone too far."
"I don't like working for free"
"When one's main media outlet is a blog, like my SafetyAtWorkBlog, people think you're giving away the content."
"I am an actor and am constantly being asked to work for free or ‘profit share’ (with little hope of profit) in order to ‘build my career’. I have paid money to hone my craft and deserve to be paid for my efforts."
"Actress being regularly asked to work for free and fed up with it. There's power in numbers, we train and spend a lot in our craft, from learning to marketing to networking and deserve to be paid for our work!"
"Tired of being exploited by employers under the excuse of 'gaining experience' or 'great exposure'."
"We fully support this cause the furtherment of an agenda of respect for freelancers and their work."
A Designer At Heart
"I have been a freelancer for 5 years and always refused unpaid work. I had to make big life choices to do that, for example moving to China (from Italy) after graduating because it was the only place where I could find a paid internship. I truly believe unpaid work shouldn't be allowed so I'm happy to sign."
"I get sick of seeing freelancer websites that let people place job postings for freelancers that end up being lower than the minimum wage, or want a service for free. This has to stop. It devalues the creativity of the talented designers out there and also gives a false representation of how much design is worth."
"It is unfair that companies take advantage of people, and exploit their eagerness to get ahead by suggesting freelancers do work for free."
"Requests by companies expecting to give photography services for free simply for exposure. Or expecting to give images to companies without them paying me a fee or even a hint at a website/social media credit - giving them free promotion of their business with zero compensation for mine."
"Professionals who have relevant experience and training in any field should be paid for work undertaken. No exceptions."
Curran Music Creation LTD
"I feel very strongly about this subject. Why is it accepted that freelancers or companies in creative industries should expected to work for free?"
"dont agree with unpaid work"
"Social Republic was created as a “new way”, an alternative to the traditional agencies. A network of freelancers that brings experience, flexibility and value to brand social media strategies and campaigns.
An approach that enables the right people to be brought together on the right jobs, whilst providing and promoting creative and person-centred working for freelancers across the globe.
Above all we believe in equality, respect and support for freelancers."
"If people are working, they should be paid for it. Simple!"
"No One Should Work For Free"
"Appreciate the movement"
"This happens way too often. I just experienced it again this week with an agency and client. I finished a project early because I was quick to edit(I was booked on a day rate with them) and yet, they only want to pay me half because I finished early. This is unacceptable. We don't get work fast for free, we work hard because we have the skills to deliver quickly."
Remedy Hair And Beauty
"Free don’t pay bills!"
"Leading an campaign #jointheRIOT "Why are creative freelancers still under-paid and under-valued? It's time for change. It's time to RIOT.
This summer we shine a light on creatives' visions on how this industry SHOULD be - and we would love to hear from YOU.
Send your photo to email@example.com or post your own photo with the hashtag §jointheRIOT to share your vision.
Check us out on www.timetoriot.com"
"I've been burned too many times submitting proposals and not getting paid for my ideas contained in the proposals."
Kieran jay johnson director @IAM CASTINGS
"As I believe in paying people for their time, skill and support. I have worked for free myself over my journey becoming a casting director. During this time I was told this was essential if I wanted to get ahead!! Which I now see as free labour. I also see that this culture leaves a certain demographic out and reduces opportunities, as they are not able to work for free to better themselves."
"With 20 years experience and having worked for some top blue chip brands, I’ve still been approached to cary our free work, it’s not been recently however. It’s nothing short of exploitation, and creates a false economy for the industry in question. Especially when those that ask are sometimes doing very well indeed."
"We support hundreds of startups every year, including many freelancers, and far too many times we've seen them do free work on the promise of bigger work down the line. Business doesn't work that way.
Do you know anyone who has taken their car to a garage to ask for a free service because they may want 4 new tyres and an exhaust in the future? Nope.
"I support students in gaining freelance work at the University of Westminster"
"The creative industry is like any other and free work should be allowed."
"We've been campaigning against exploitation in the creative sectors for decades and supporting staff and freelancers who experience this. Well done on launching this campaign; we hope it will identify a will amongst policy makers to strengthen the law and the resources available for enforcement in support of new entrants in particular."
"I believe all freelancers should be paid to ensure everyone has access to work opportunities. For a thriving creative economy it is important for diverse groups of people to have equal access to freelance work. At Creative Future we support under represented artists and writers, the #nofreework campaign reflects our vision of a more equal society and that's why we support this campaign."
"Too many Virtual Assistants undervalue themselves by either completing free work or offering their services for an unrealistically low rate. We want to sign up the to campaign in support of change to improve standards."
"I have undertaken many projects with the offer of 'Exposure' as payment, and not a single one of them has led to any further work or as claimed, worthwhile exposure. All it has done is taken time away from actively promoting my business and gaining paid work."
"Hard working people deserve respect and financial reward as well!"
Model Code Agency
"Sick of being asked to work for free"
"I believe everyone deserves fair pay for good work. As a freelancer I would never work for free on the promise of some future hope of work or other recompense. And as a business owner, I employ skilled freelancers and pay their quoted rates without haggling."
"The #NOFREEWORK campaign aligns perfectly with our beliefs that talent and hard work should be recognised and rewarded."
"I believe industry professionals should be paid for their work to survive and thrive in their chosen career. Constant offers to create unpaid work for portfolio purposes only devalues the work of the individual. When you're at the supermarket checkout, you never haggle the price on the bill! Why does this happen with freelancers?"
"We support Freelancer's rights to paid work."
Frame Perfect Management
"This is our job not a hobby and we should be paid for our skills, creativity , time and effort."
"We are a startup that benefits from using freelancers. We want them to be able to live and thrive providing their invaluable services to companies such as ours."
"We believe that all work has a value!"
"Everyone should have the same opportunity to follow their passion and prove their value. Therefore everyone should be paid a fair amount for work they do, with no exceptions."
"I want to support #NOFREEWORK and for freelancers to have the opportuinty to earn a living"
"Any one working, should get a fair payment for that."
"If we work for free we devalue the creative industry for everyone"
The Quick Brown Fox Video Production
"By posting or applying to unpaid work, people undermine seasoned professionals and possibly cause them to lose out on paid work."
"Because we are expected to provide expert quality services so should always be adequately compensated."
"We're fully behind the #NOFREEWORK campaign and support all the freelancers who work for us. Keep up the right work."
"I believe strongly in this campaign"
"We are an agency who sometimes have to do pitches to win work. We always pay our staff and freelancers though."
"Freelancer for many years. Freelance isn't free"
"All arts and artists deserve an income."
"Working in the DJ industry, there's a running joke about doing gigs for exposure, and this extends into other sectors. My work has value, and I won't do it for less than I feel it's worth, nor will I ask anyone else to do it for exposure either."
"I believe that all work should be paid, and on time. I hace clients who take a very long time to pay, months after the work is done."
"I have been a freelance writer and filmmaker for seven years. The amount of filming I have done for free would have bought me a house by now and it's very frustrating and caused financial problems, which I'm still unable to resolve.
I set up my company two years ago and I'm still being contracted for a fraction of the cost. I also appreciate you starting this movement. Thank you ✌️"
"We need to stand for social justice"
"I've worked for free too often. I want to stop my kids doing it."
"I am tired of being asked to shoot for TFP.
I believe that this work should be outlawed, totally, and that a professional qualification, and ongoing CPD should be required of ALL creatives, just as a gas fitter or electrician is required; and furrhermore, ALL creatives should be required to carry requisite public liability and other relevant insurancez by law.
Until this happens, creativex will continue to be exploited."
"Because freelancers and small business owners are getting asked to work for free and it has to stop!"
"Unpaid positions, exploiting new entrants to the creative industries, undermine the value of those industries for everyone."
"No free work!!!"
"The whole sector loses when people offer to work for nothing, nothing usually come so if it and only the wealthy can afford to do unpaid internships - if no-one is getting paid that is different - otherwise it is a race to the bottom."
"To support the creative industries and my livelihood."
"To support #NoFreeWork as I am a graphic Designer beginning my own design business venture"
"Because things need to change!!!!!"
"We provide accountancy services for Freelancers and Contractors. As a result, we work with some really innovative, creative companies - no pay should mean no work."
"Working for free serves to undermine long term career progression and ultimately devalues a skill base. It undermines diversity of age and social class and restricts opportunities for talent to shine."
Novel Beings Ltd
"We believe that every freelancer needs to be paid for their expertise and services. While we are an intermediary business, we pledge not to put forward any unpaid jobs were everyone involved isn't getting out of it what is due to them."
"We all are freelancer who have 'volunteering' to work together to build a better future for the young people and as a group and a platform we commit to not exploiting individuals for commercial gain or misusing intellectual property of freelancers and we actively support #NOFREEWORK.
Will add this as part of policy framework for our work we do and actively promote it to make it clear on where we all stand."
Tommy & Lottie
"Everyone is worth something."
"The number of people working as freelance/self-employed is growing and that suits individuals in finding a work/life balance and employers seeking flexibility. If this is to benefit both for the development of a fluid labour market that is the becoming the bedrock of economic development and needs of society then unpaid work is not part of the deal. I support #NOFREEWORK."
"We believe, strive, and fight for this campaign. Creative work should never be free, and we will keep creating conscience around the globe. Thank you."
"We supports everyone earning a living, including Freelancers. Love this campaign and I heard about this campiagn via East London Radio!"
Seventa Image Academy
"We support the #NoFreeWork initiative to ensure that our industry not only survives but thrives in the Freelance Workspace."
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