Union officials believe BBC freelancers could still face unfair treatment when it comes to holiday pay.
According to BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union), the BBC has been confused about holiday pay for a long time. In Drama they have accepted freelances as “workers” entitled to holiday pay, but not in Factual.
The good news is that the BBC overall now seems to accept that freelancers are entitled to holiday pay and has written to them to say so. The bad news is they want freelancers to identify holiday pay on future invoices by subtracting it from their agreed rates.
BECTU has said to Freelance UK that it told the BBC they believe this is wrong in principle, and may expose the corporation to legal claims. The BBC’s response was that it is “legitimate” for freelancers to come to them to discuss their fees “and that these discussions can include elements such as holiday entitlements”.
BECTU continues to believe that freelance members with well-established personal rates, paid by the BBC on repeated occasions, may have grounds for a formal challenge. The union is inviting members in this position to get in touch with their appropriate full time official.