Dear TV Freelancer, 1. Holiday pay poll. So far, we only have about half the sample size we would like in order to repeat our first poll from two years ago - we really need your help. As there are well over three thousand on this mailing list, I'm sure we can manage this... http://p206.ezboard.com/fuktvfreelancersfrm6.showMessage?topicID=19.topic or go to the front page of our site which also has a direct link to the poll. We want to publish the results soon, so please don't leave it too late. It's one simple mouse click to tell us your current situation - and all completely anonymous. 2. For those of you not already aware of this, after further consultation with the DTI (and pressure from TV Wrap), PACT has once again revised its code of practice for work experience. The code now states: A work experience person who is: * not on a placement as part of a recognised college course; * is over 16; and * is expected to obey instructions should be paid at least the national minimum wage. http://www.pact.co.uk/news/art_dtl.asp?art_id=2665 This clearly is a big step forward in the industry's acceptance that unpaid work is not acceptable under any circumstances where a worker, even on work experience, is asked to carry out any sort of duties other than simply shadowing. 3. On Tuesday 13th December, the Writers, Producers and Directors' Branch of BECTU is bringing together a panel of experts to chew over the issues raised by new regulations in the film industry. Finding the new government rules on UK films a bit too taxing? Do you know what is meant by "a British film"? Do the new guidelines on filmmaking in the UK make you feel you've lost the plot? Should we struggle on regardless, or just rip the rulebook up and start again? The evening of discussion is at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London starting promptly at 7.00 pm. The speakers for the evening are: Simon Relph; producer and author of 'The Relph Report'; Larry Chrisfield; consultant to Ivan Sopher & Co., Media Business and Tax advisers, Auditors and Accountants; Gillian Baxter; founder and Senior Member, Baxter, McKay, Schoenfeld LLP, Media & Entertainment Lawyer; and Martin Spence, Assistant General Secretary, BECTU. More info here: <http://p206.ezboard.com/fuktvfreelancersfrm4.showMessage?topicID=341.topic> http://p206.ezboard.com/fuktvfreelancersfrm4.showMessage?topicID=341.topic 4. Finally, on our forum there are discussions under way about BBC changes in post-production, travel expenses, PAYE vs self-employed, and agencies. We also have unanswered queries about pregnancy, and redundancy from fixed-term freelance contracts - do visit if you have something to offer on any of those subjects. All the best, TV Freelancers www.tvfreelancers.org.uk ---------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from this list, go to our site, enter your email address in the box at the top of the page, and use the drop-down menu arrow to change the option from 'Subscribe' to 'Unsubscribe'.