SIGN THE PETITION TO SAY NO TO UNPAID WORK.
I WILL NOT TO POST OR APPLY TO UNPAID WORK
INCLUDED IN THE NOFREEWORK CERTIFICATE PACK
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.
NAMES WHO'VE SIGNED
Adam Tiernan Thomas
"I've done enough free work and only in about 5% of cases is it worth it!"
"We work as hard as everyone"
"Freelance can be quite dificult when clients think you are not worth your time and hard work."
"Working - actively engaged in paid work, Employed - having your services engaged for or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary. #Freework - "robots can be on the job day and night""
"Working for free perpetuates slavery and human trafficking"
"Sick of low pay and slow payers"
"Because I know value of my work"
"It's unfair to put so many people out of work after years of hard work to be told their job should be done for free"
"If you work, you need to get paid for it. Otherwise it's volunteering..."
"Unpaid work i.e. zero hour contracts is exploitation when misused and my work is not worth being unpaid for. Everyone is worth a value as well as some raised an important point that free work does not pay employers bills so do they think my bills will be paid with free/unpaid work."
""When something is free (services online, for example) the product is you", marketing experts say. I add: "Also unpaid work has a cost: your life"."
"Having Freelanced for years - I have been asked to do more free work than paid work for those who profitted from my work and I realised I did not gain what I had been promised."
"because i am sick of being took doing a free job with be good for my career/portfolio!!"
"Because free work doesn't pay the bills..."
"Everybody should get paid for the work they are hired to do."
"I too have to feed my Family and have roof over their head just like you."
"I thoroughly enjoy creating and designing for clients and companies, by doing so shouldn't I receive a reward for my hard work and dedication to briefs and projects assigned? #NoFreeWork"
"I am a freelancer and know how uncertain it can feel to commit to a job when you're not sure when you'll be paid."
"Worked for free for too long"
"everyone should get paid for their work"
"Freelance is not free"
"Freelancers regularly get taken advantage of and our expected to work for free. It is not right or fair. We have living expenses and business costs to cover."
"I need to get paid for my working time as little or great that is. London is a hard place to work, and not getting paid is a real NO WAY"
"As a stylist in this fashion industry, many companies exploit people in exchange for their hard work and time. When I first started out freelancing I initially worked unpaid for experience but when people are willing to book you for your creative talents and work ethic and have no intention of paying you even though you work for long hours and produce the most amazing work I feel this treatment is unacceptable and shouldnt be tolerated. No one in any industry should have to work unpaid"
"I have a right to be paid for my work."
"I deserve to be paid for work that I do."
Jose Antonio Rubido
"Cause work should be paid for"
Shiene Mann beauty
"My work needs to be recognised for its creativity and not to be taken advantage of."
"By agreeing to work for free, we undermine our personal value as well as the value of our industry."
"I have bills to pay and a child to feed"
"Time is money!"
Sophie Hannah Richardson
"As a full time blogger with a mortgage, I have bills to pay. At first I didn't mind the free work as it was great for exposure. But now I've established myself and I can guarantee brands exposure and generate sales for them, why shouldn't they pay me to produce content for them?"
"Tired of "work for free" proposals..."
"I took 5 yrs to full train as a hairstylist and 1 to train as a make up artist. I am very experienced in my field yet I am constantly asked to do free work or have my fee reduced at will as suddenly there is no budget. This reduction is only done on the hair and make up team as it is seen as a lesser part of the job. I have a family to support this is how I live. If budgets get reduced, no company making commerce from the job should ever ask an artist to work for free."
"Things are getting really worse when people asking you to work for free are not an exception."
"Too many companies are keen to exploit the talents and ambitions of creative people. Therefore, working for free undermines the whole creative industry and everyone involved with it."
"I'm a blogger - so I know how hard it is sometimes to convince brands that my work is actually WORK, and I want to get paid for it."
"Completing a brief as required and ever receiving a single penny of the hours and hours of work. Plus the client not paying in full and haggling on price. We should be paid as professionals #nofreework #planet45"
"Skills should be rightly paid for, along with kit education experience etc... You wouldn't go to the shop and expect what you buy for it to be free"
Audrey O Connor
"Supporting all qualified freelancers"
"I've worked for free with the promise of exposure and more work to no avail. I've two kids I pay my taxes all work should be paid for. I've spent 16 hours on shoots and not even paid expenses it's shocking. One magazine even put in the wrong name for a shoot I did. #nofreework"
"I support the movement"
"We are professionals with qualifications and should be paid appropriately."
"I'm a freelance professional make up artist with years of experience. I invest hundreds yearly, in my kit and education and deserve to be paid for any and all jobs that I do."
"There us a high value to what I do. I am highly trained and experienced. I have a lot to give, but I need to eat, live and also to fund further training. I refuse to be taken for granted, or to be taken advantage of."
"I am a freelance makeup artist"
"Time is money, I've paid thousands out for my kit, branding and business activity, the least I deserve is to be paid for my work."
"I deserve to be paid for my work."
"I may enjoy what I do - but we all have bills to pay and lives to live - what we do isn't all glamourous - we deserve to get paid!"
"Any work has to be paid."
"Tired of working for free. Still don't know how the authorities allow this aberration"
"I feel it's ruining our industry and it's terrible that people are allowed to get away with not paying creative individuals for their hard work. It's time we make a stand!"
"I value my work and want to support us small independent freelancers who need to earn an honest, fair and respectful living without being devalued and exploited."
"I support the movement "NOFREEWORK""
"Our work is valuable."
"Nobody likes working for glory"
"I need to pay the bills."
Kevin Ross Manning CSci CPhys MInstP
"Work is work and should be paid for."
"I'm a freelancer"
"Labour is labour. Regardless of the marketplace. Labour should be remunerated regardless."
"I believe that as a poet the work I produce is something that is personal and has come straight from my heart. The second I let someone exploit my emotive artwork for their own personal gain I let a part of myself be humiliated. I will not allow artists to be exploited. Full stop."
Elena Valeria Nedelcu
"Support freelancers against exploitation"
"Free work should not be an accepted norm."
"To stop freelancers being exploited"
"I feel that the concept of free degrades the perception of the individuals creative worth, thereby belittling the value of experience and knowledge."
"If you are good at something... never do it for free! ;)"
"Stop devaluing our industry."
"I've had to take a part time job to support my photography work after 12 years of successful full time freelancing. The industry has changed and jobs are definitely not paying as well as they used to for a number of reasons. New freelance photographers don't seem to value their time anymore and are willing to give their services for experience or as a way into the industry. I'm surious to know where they are in 6 months time."
"Free work undermines the value of the whole industry"
Victory Pearl Maburutse
"Because Freelancers should get paid and have the chance to truly contribute to Society and the Economy."
"Clients putting 'unpaid' and 'opportunity' in the same sentence is the perfect way to ruin any project."
"To support the industry so we all flourish without being taken advantage of."
"I cannot afford to work for free (I am a single parent)"
"My creativity, experience, and quality of work deserve to be paid (not to mention my time!)."
"I have seen this scenario play out all too often - the promise of exposure in exchange for work by freelance artists, writers and models - for no better reason than it is acceptable in the status quo. But this practice is unethical and forces the freelancer to comply with a double standard that doesn't truly value her talents & skills. And when those who have the means to take unpaid work do, they are only letting irresponsible employers take further liberties and promoting a vicious cycle."
"I have worked far too much and far too hard to have seen such a small level of financial return."
"for charity,its okay. one and only."
"Our ideas are worth something a lot more! Ideas / IP comes in all forms, our brains are complex, give them the credit they deserve!"
(Emi Emily) Wanwisa Langley
"No Unpaid Work unless is for Charity"
"I don't pay bills with photo credit. I will not have my ability discarded or downgraded for others to profit from, or take advantage of my skills."
"I believe in valuing myself and others in what it is we do"
"I'm a freelance artist"
"I have worked on a couple of start up projects - 3-5 months, unrealistic timelines and hours,treated like an employee with none of the pay or perks"
"Time is money... Creativity is the documentation of time spent."
"I completely agree. The free work does not prejudice the individual person but also all the other professionals. It leads to the degradation of services and precariousness of the profession."
"No free work, no cheap work! Get paid your worth!"
"At present there is too much undermining of skills and labour and not enough valuing. Both workers and employers should adopt a more sustainable attitude towards work."
"I WILL NOT TO POST OR APPLY TO UNPAID WORK"
"I'm against professional people being offered no paid jobs in return for experience. Even TFP jobs should at least pay travel and lunch"
"Our business(es) should be taken as seriously as any other craft. Freelancers have to invest incredible amounts of time and money into honing their skills so that they can offer you their services - that level of dedication to your craft should not be underestimated or undervalued by the expectation that we will work for free."
"As I would like to get paid for my work."
"It is unfair to ask people to do their job for free no matter what job it is . If you require a service you should be willing to pay for that and happy to do so and by accepting free work it destroys the industry and won't ever help it to change. You can't buy food or pay for a mortgage by offering the banks "good publicity" and "ill recommend you to friends" - so why should anyone in the art world have to do this."
"Because it's unfair to not pay for a job. Art is not a hobby, for almost all of us art is a job that we love and respect."
""too many people think we work for free, that our experience, skills and knowledge is worth anything. Any work involving money thereafter should be pay at the first place it is an equitable exchange..."
"too many people think we work for free, that our experience, skills and knowledge is worth anything."
"I was not paid for a retouching job that was advertised on the Freelancer website by an extremely unethical lady Caron Westbrook and I would like to be a part of putting a stop to this. #NoFreeWork"
"It is unethical to use people's UNPAID work for any kind of profit."
"Every job/work should be paid for"
"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."
"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."