Freelancing,  News

MEAA now able to negotiate on behalf of freelancers

Here’s yet another reason to join the union (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance).

Christopher Warren’s newsletter to all MEAA members this morning stated that:

Freelance journalists will be able to turn to their union for representation after the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the Media Alliance to negotiate on their behalf. This is a significant change for freelancers, who have been under pressure from by some publishers to sign unfavourable contracts. The Alliance will seek to negotiate on behalf of our freelance members with News Ltd, Fairfax, ACP Magazines and Pacific Magazines.

What this means is that the union can now negotiate with these companies and organisations on pay rates and conditions for freelancers employed by these organisations. For details of the draft determination issued by the ACCC (Australian Corruption and Crime Commission) click here.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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