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Diane Abbott Feb 23
Chairing a session on "underpaid and undervalued work". As a young woman at my first job in Woolworths, I was both underpaid and undervalued. We need to stand up for women workers in those sectors that are often denigrated. Low paid does not mean low skilled!
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Charlotte Atkinson Feb 23
This is such an important topic. The younger kids on the bfi academy with me were shocked to discover the starting wage for filmmakers was £18k. They looked genuinely horrified and some had to start rethinking their whole career plan
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Hiran  Patel Feb 23
Yes but the starting salaries for other professions are higher, especially as people don't value the arts equally. Point being made was some young people may need another plan, especially in light if the massive debt they have been encouraged to take on.
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Charlotte Atkinson Feb 23
Just because they’re overambitious kids who love making films doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be able to make a living from it
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Hiran  Patel Feb 23
It's not necessarily about ambition even. The flat tuition fee structure actively penalises arts students over other disciplines like medicine and finance. Arts students understand they won't rake it in but don't expect to be debt ridden in perpuity. That is lack of finance ed.
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Charlotte Atkinson
There’s a huge difference between not making as much money as people in other jobs/industries and not making enough money to cover basic living costs. Filmmakers starting out can end up spending months doing expenses only jobs. It’s just as bad as some of the internship schemes
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