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Mobo Awards urged to pay all staff

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28 September 2011

BECTU issued the following press release today, Wednesday 28 September 2011.

Mobo Awards urged to pay all staff

Organisers of the prestigious annual Mobo Awards are being urged by media and entertainment union BECTU to pay all staff working on this year’s event which is being staged at the SECC in Glasgow next Wednesday 5 October.

Ad for unpaid work

The appeal comes in response to an advertisement for runners and ushers to work on the event (advertisement since removed) which confirms that no payment is being offered. The union believes that Mobo is signalling an intention to breach the national minimum wage regulations; the Act stipulates that all work should be paid at least at the level of the national minimum wage.

“We appeal to Mobo to comply with the law by paying its show staff appropriately. Mobo has a progressive reputation and yet it is putting this at risk by associating itself with the dire conduct of some employers who exploit new entrants in the creative sector,” said BECTU general secretary, Gerry Morrissey.

No excuses

“Everyone will be asking themselves how a commercial enterprise, working within the context of a global, multi-million pound business, can think it is right to exploit weak enforcement of the national minimum wage by offering unpaid placements for what is responsible and business-critical work,” said BECTU.

The current national minimum wage (formally for the over-21s) is £5.93 per hour; this is set to rise to £6.08 on 1 October.

“We call on Mobo to do the right thing and to confirm that all staff working on the event will receive appropriate payment for the work they do,” Mr Morrissey concluded.


For more information email communications officer, Sharon Elliott.

Notes for Editors:

  1. BECTU is the trade union for the UK’s broadcasting and entertainment industries;
  2. The union’s members work in staff and freelance capacities across all grades.
  3. Earlier this month BECTU launched a new website which offers information and advice to new entrants on employment rights and a range of industry issues.
  4. In September 2011, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills clarified its advice to employers on the operation of the national minimum wage.
  5. Twitter accounts: @bectu @creativetoolkit @sharonatbectu


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