X Factor EDM

Just had an email asking me to sign this:

X FACTOR AND DISCRIMINATION

That this House condemns the email sent to music colleges by X Factor researchers offering work at industry agreed rates to “camera friendly” female violinists; notes that this offer was based on the condition that applicants were not to be Musicians’ Union members; believes that this not only discriminates against trade union members, it also discriminates on the grounds of sex; and believes that a successful show like the X Factor should be setting a good example and paying its musicians a decent wage and condemns discrimination of any kind.

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  • JM  On December 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    It appears clearly discriminatory to me and completely unacceptable. I don’t watch the X Factor, so can’t boycott it, but will pass on this information to those who do watch it.

  • Leroy  On December 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Outrageous. I’m a musician of many years experience and I’ve many tales of woe around this subject – players being chosen merely for being ‘camera friendly’. This is exactly why the MU exists – to protect what is a highly skilled but largely very poorly paid workforce from exploitative and discriminatory employers. I hope they take the X Factor to task on this.

    • kerrymccarthy  On December 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Did you know the Musicians Union AGM next year is going to be held in Bristol? Think it’s around March time…

  • hesspartacus  On December 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Look at me! I’m an offense-seeker!

  • Abi  On January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    It’s worse, the rates were BELOW the union recommended rate, less than half, in fact

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