Freelance journalists set to lose out in BBC pay deal

Freelance journalists are set to lose out in a proposed BBC pay deal, according to the NUJ.
The union has revealed that while BBC staff have
accepted a 3.5 per cent pay rise – freelances are in discussion for an
increase of up to two per cent.
NUJ broadcasting officer Paul McLaughlin said:
“At a time when the BBC seems to be bending over backwards to line the
pockets of the big independent players, they seem to be denying basic
increases to our hardworking freelance members.
“This is a scandal and a clear example of double
standards. It’s time we put a stop to this injustice. Freelances at the
BBC must come together and take action.
“The NUJ is continuing to campaign for equal status for BBC freelances but we need them to contact us urgently.”
The NUJ claims that freelance journalists are
treated like “second class citizens” at the BBC and cited the ending of
late night/early morning transport for freelances and the denial of
paid release to work through online training modules set.

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