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Happy birthday SEISS – but many freelances left out of the Covid-19 scheme will not be celebrating today
Friday 26 March marks the anniversary of the government’s Covid-19 aid package for freelances.
Uber drivers will now – following a long legal battle – get holiday pay, but according to an NUJ survey almost nine in 10 freelances said they did not receive it.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, explains how Covid-19 has laid bare the precarious nature of self-employment – and how the union is pressing to defend vulnerable members.
The National Union of Journalists has written to the Chancellor asking him to ensure freelances get a fair deal in his budget – and redress for the millions of self-employed who have missed out on aid during the pandemic.
An arrested freelance photographer received a fine a week after his charges were dropped for covering a protest in Folkestone.
The NUJ has urged the UK Chancellor to announce the details of the fourth grant for the self-employed now and not as part of his March budget.
Andy Aitchison, who was arrested while covering a protest at Napier Barracks, Folkestone, has now had his equipment returned.
The NUJ is legally backing a photographer who was arrested, kept in a cell for seven hours and had journalistic materials confiscated after covering a protest at an asylum centre in Folkestone, Kent last week.
Katharine Whitehorm was egalitarian to the bone, a great columnist and an inspiring trade unionist.
Union reps pay tribute to veteran NUJ activist Guy Thornton who has died suddenly