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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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peterboroughiron Feb 23
It’s not about people not valuing the arts it’s just horses for courses some jobs pay better than others and yes maybe tossing it off at uni learning how to make a camera work isn’t the wisest choice for every one we can’t all be film makers
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Charlotte Atkinson Feb 23
So you’re suggesting that people don’t become filmmakers unless they have a sizeable trust fund that they can use to pay the rent with? Good way to kill an industry I suppose
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peterboroughiron Feb 23
What has it got to go with trust funds I’m sure the industry won’t die true talent and genius will always rise trouble is now every one thinks it’s them Every one needs a plan b just going to uni doesn’t change that your industry is not being victimised
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Charlotte Atkinson Feb 23
Everyone who starts out in film, university degree or not, is working for free, for expenses or a very poor day rate. How do you expect those people to survive? How do they pay their rent? How do they afford food? They go broke, they quit, and the industry loses another person
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