Good Work Plan - ISM statement

Workers on zero-hour contracts, agency employees or 'gig economy' workers are to be better protected by a package of workplace reforms, the government has announced.

Under new legislation to be introduced on Monday, staff would have to be told details of their rights from their first day in a job, including eligibility for paid and sick leave.

The reforms are based on the findings of a review into modern working practices led by Matthew Taylor.

However, these new reforms do not cover freelance musicians, the majority of which are not employed by agencies.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

‘The Government’s new legislation and reforms designed to protect workers’ rights unfortunately fall short of musicians, the vast majority of whom are freelancers and not employed by agencies. We call on the Government to take account the concerns of the music industry, and look forward to working with them to ensure that musicians’ working rights are protected and improved by the new legislation.’

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