Coldplay singer Chris Martin is urging the British Government to bring changes in the law for self-employed parents working in the music industry.
Martin is backing the campaign that signifies that self-employed musicians should be entitled to shared parental leave, just like other full or part-time employees of the UK. Shared Parental Leave allows parents to divide up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP), which is fixed at 90% of an employee’s average weekly earnings or £139.58 ($171.59) per week, whichever is lower – coming after the birth or adoption of their child.
The only problem is that the policy only covers people with continuous employment and not for self-employed folks, thus leaving approximately 70% of people in the music industry at bay.
Further elaborating how the present law affects the Coldplay team, the singer says, “There is no shared parental leave and pay system in place for self-employed parents. That makes it really tough for many of our freelance colleagues and crew when they have children.” Chris added, “Let’s change the law so that self-employed mums and dads can choose when to take parental leave.”
Umbrella Organisation UK Music has campaigned on this particular topic for a long time now. It demands a better deal for freelance parents so that they can make sound decisions for their kids, help close the gender pay gap, empower mothers to sustain successful careers, and give fathers the chance to be with their children.
Michael Dugger, the CEO of the company, said, “Self-employed parents working in music and across the creative industries are getting a raw deal. Changes are badly overdue.”
The British music industry contributes $5.5 billion to the UK economy, thus people in the music industry are calling on all political parties to look into the matter. Many famous personalities have criticized the current system and expressed their desire for a fair deal.
Music Producers Guild executive director and founder of campaigning group Parental Pay Equality, Olga Fitzroy, for instance, voiced that under the present antiquated system they are losing far too much talent as women continue to be penalized under the current inequitable rules which force them to be the primary care-giver.
He also mentioned that many talented women are “under-represented in music production and other freelance industries.” It can be overcome only when the Government understands and tries to solve their problems. So, the parents can maintain a perfect work-life balance.
Ayse Hassan, the bassist in London rock band Savages, seconded the opinion by saying, “As a bass player in an all-female band I don’t want to be penalized if I have children or be told by the government that it’s my job to stay at home and look after the baby.” He feels its high time the Government look into the matter and provide justice.