Get Real On Rates


“Rates have not changed for 20 years, yet the cost of living keeps going up. What was once a viable industry for families to survive in, has now become nearly impossible to sustain a career.”  

Andrew Conder, Director of photography

On October 26, 2016, screen crew around Australia stood together on and off set in a National Day of Action to throw their support behind the Get Real on Rates Campaign.

The campaign aims to win recognition of the real rates that crew are paid on Australian film and TV drama productions, include these market rates in an enforceable MPPA industry agreement with producers and win annual cost of living increases to stop the stagnation of crew rates.

We all need to play our part, so make sure you are involved in the National Day of Action on October 26.

Want to be a part of it?

To take part, wear your union t-shirt or a black t-shirt and a Get Real on Rates sticker.

Post a selfie on social media with the hashtags #getrealonrates #nationaldayofaction.

Crew meetings will be held on:

Cleverman, Janet King, Dr Blake, Wentworth, The Warriors, Thor, Maelstrom, Family Law and Flammable Children.

Meeting will also be held at:

South Australia: Grace Emily Hotel, 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide at 6pm

Western Australia: The Vic hotel, Hay St Subiaco at 4pm

Your support on the day will go a long way in showing producers that we are serious about change. We are all in this industry together and we all want the same outcomes; a vibrant and sustainable Australian film and TV industry that respects the professionals who work so hard to make it a success.

Your local screen organisers are:

NSW: Gerard Brown – gerard.brown@meaa.org
SA: Aaron Connor – aaron.connor@meaa.org
VIC: Brendan Orders – brendan.orders@meaa.org
WA: Tiffany Venning – tiffany.venning@meaa.org
QLD: Michelle Rae – michelle.rae@meaa.org

Help spread the word

Download, print and share this poster for your workplace:

National Day of Action

Change your social media profile picture to show your support for the campaign:

national-day-of-action

On Wednesday, October 26, crew around Australia united to urge producers to Get Real On Rates. The National Day of Action will take place on and off set in support of the campaign to recognise crew rates.

Check out the photo gallery from the day:

National Day of Action
 

The Get Real on Rates campaign aims to:

•  Win recognition of the real rates that crew are paid on Australian film and TV drama productions;
•  Include these market rates in an enforceable MPPA industry agreement with producers;
•  Win annual cost of living increases to stop the stagnation of crew rates.

Want to be a part of it?

If you’re working on an Australian film or TV drama production, a MEAA organiser will visit your set to brief you on the National Day of Action.

If you’re working on an alternative production on the day, or not working, you can still take action. Contact your local screen organiser or MEAA Member Central to find out how.

Your support on the day will go a long way in showing producers that we are serious about change. We are all in this industry together and we all want the same outcomes; a vibrant and sustainable Australian film and TV industry that respects the professionals who work so hard to make it a success.

Your local screen organisers are:

NSW: Gerard Brown – gerard.brown@meaa.org
SA: Aaron Connor – aaron.connor@meaa.org
VIC: Brendan Orders – brendan.orders@meaa.org
WA: Tiffany Venning – tiffany.venning@meaa.org
QLD: Michelle Rae – michelle.rae@meaa.org


Screen Producers to respond to ‘Get Real on Rates’

September 6, 2016

Last week, MEAA members and officials met with Screen Producers Australia (SPA) representatives to discuss the need to break the stagnation of crew rates in film and television.

Crew were represented by members from around the country, including Andrew Conder (DP, QLD), Wendy de Waal (Hair and Makeup Designer, NSW), Joe Loh (Unit Manager, Vic), Dannielle Alexander (Costume Designer, NSW), and Robertto Karas (Gaffer, SA) who presented over 500 crew selfies to SPA.

Members spoke to SPA about how the industry they love is becoming financially unsustainable for many crew.

Crew stressed to SPA that rates have stagnated for decades and described the impact on themselves and their colleagues in the industry.

Many members have trained up new crew only to see them leave the industry after a few years because of the lack of reward for long hours and demanding conditions.

The erosion of wages has made it increasingly difficult to sustain freelancers through the periods of unemployment that are part and parcel of the industry, taking a toll on their mental health and putting pressure on families.

Members said that having real rates and cost-of-living increases recognised in the industry agreement (MPPA) will provide reassurance to crew that their livelihoods and profession are respected by the industry.

SPA outlined the challenges of getting productions financed due to changing markets, structural changes to the broadcasting industry, and the perennial problem of budgets falling short of creative ambition.

Members questioned producers about the budgeting process, and discussed the opportunity to factor in crew costs based on agreed minimum market rates.

MEAA also acknowledged that the overall prosperity and growth of the industry demands ongoing coordinated support from everyone who plays a part in it, but insisted that the issue of crew rates needs to be addressed as a matter of priority.

SPA committed to come back to MEAA in six weeks following consultation with its members.

 

Watch: Crew members give their report back from the meeting with SPA

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Published: September 9, 2016