Philippa Childs to Nadine Dorries: “Challenge bullying and harassment and support freelancers”

The Stage[£] has picked up on the Head of Bectu’s letter to incoming Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. Philippa has outlined what the union believes the priorities should be, specifically…

  • Tackling bullying and harassment in the creative industries.
  • Supporting workers and businesses until the end of Covid interruptions.
  • Supporting the heritage sector and protecting the UK’s museums and galleries.
  • Acting as a voice for freelancers and the self-employed.
  • Celebrating the success of the creative industries.
  • Supporting touring professionals.

She also mentioned Bectu’s proposed three-step approach to this problem, including…

  • a clear policy and process for complaints across the industry,
  • safeguarding officers on all productions,
  • the establishment of an external reporting body to look at historical complaints.

Finally, Philippa singled out the live events sector as one that is need of urgent attention, given the impact that Brexit is having on touring, asking the culture secretary to work towards a free cultural EU work permit, saying…

“The live events industry is part of a cultural ecosystem that provides billions to the UK economy and jobs across all corners of the country.

As it stands, the EU trade deal will seriously damage such an important cultural sector and a key component of global Britain,”

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