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24 November 2011

As a further development in BECTU's campaign to expose the exploitation of new entrants in the creative media and live entertainment, the union is working with the HMRC on a new initiative to tackle non-payment of the national minimum wage.

The government agency responsible for enforcing the national minimum wage (HMRC)  has set up a Rapid Response Team who are focusing on certain types of minimum wage non compliance including the use of interns and those engaged in unpaid work. That team will consider any information around our industry where there appears to be bad practice in film, TV or live entertainment - i.e. where people are working for an employer but not getting paid.

Current and specific

This information has to be current and specific. They don't need to know about jobs which have finished. They want to know which jobs are under way at the time of the report so that they can nip abuse in the bud. They cannot promise to respond to every report but they will do their best.

 If you have real-time information about jobs which are under way right now, where you believe workers should be paid but aren't - ACT NOW by emailing

Martin Spence, assistant general secretary, said:

"Our Pay Up campaign is a practical way to tackle no-pay abuse in our industry. Let’s give the Rapid Response Team the help it needs to do its job.”

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