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To: Elizabeth Truss MP, Minister for Women and Equalities

End sexual harassment at work for freelancers too

We need the Government to strengthen the law to prevent sexual harassment at work before it happens.

And we need protections that recognise the fact that freelancers must have an equal level of protection to those in fixed employment.

We call on Government to include strong protections for freelancers in all new laws to prevent sexual harassment at work.

Why is this important?

New research by the MU reveals 48% of members surveyed have been sexually harassed at work, and more than half have witnessed incidents of sexual harassment while working.

61% of musicians who took the survey told us they feel at greater risk of experiencing sexual harassment because of their freelance status.

That’s why the Musicians’ Union is campaigning for stronger protections from sexual harassment at work that include freelancers too.

Please sign the petition now to show your support.

By signing the petition, you are reminding the Government that they have a duty to protect everyone from sexual harassment at work – including you, and musicians and other freelancers you know or whose work you enjoy.

PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK

We asked 724 musicians about their experiences of sexual harassment at work. This research shows:
• 48% have experienced sexual harassment at work
• 58% have witnessed sexual harassment at work
• 61% believe freelancers are at higher risk of being sexually harassed while working

That’s not all; an overwhelming majority of members who experienced sexual harassment at work said that they did not report their experiences.

And who can blame them. We’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is for freelancers to report sexual harassment and get any form of redress.

It’s a clear sign that the system is broken, and we’re calling on Government to take this opportunity to fix it.

PROTECT FREELANCERS TOO

It should not be the responsibility of the self-employed or freelancers to protect themselves from sexual harassment. Do not let the Government forget that it has a duty to protect everyone at work.

Add your voice to the call to protect freelancers too.

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Reasons for signing

  • I have experienced these situations first hand, former freelancer fighting for my Rights as a Business Woman I was branded Liar, Traitor and run outta my home town while they stole glory and took everything I worked for
  • I've recently written a 3000 word essay about females in songwriting. I knew about sexual harrassment in the music industry, but I didn't realise just how bad it was (again, I was only looking into female songwriters at the time). Makes me concerned about what voice or chance I will have to continue in this profession without fearing for my own safety (and others safety, obviously)!
  • Even though I am not a musician, I am still a woman working within the music industry and have witnessed sexual harassment

Updates

2019-12-05 13:51:33 +0000

Did you know that 47% of musicians have experienced sexual harassment by a third party at work?

That is, by an audience member, bandmate, another freelancer, or someone else.

Find out why this is an issue that affects everyone and what the MU and the TUC are doing about it at https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2019/Nov/Third-Party-Harassment-at-Work-Protect-Freelancers

2019-11-25 17:31:33 +0000

We’re proud to support 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, spearheaded by UN Women.

This year’s theme is standing up to rape culture. That starts with listening, believing and standing with women.

Find out why this is an issue that affects everyone and what the MU and the TUC are doing about it at https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2019/Nov/how-the-MU-is-tackling-sexual-harassment-in-musici

2019-10-27 11:02:11 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-10-22 11:35:24 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-10-21 20:04:31 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-10-21 19:07:30 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-10-21 18:02:05 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-10-21 16:46:21 +0100

10 signatures reached