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Stand Up to Zero-Hours Contracts this HeartUnions Week

This HeartUnions Week, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on you to take a stand against zero-hours contracts.

Published: 11 February 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 20 July 2021 | 4:12 PM
A selection of percussion being used in a children's music lesson

As a musician – possibly a freelancer – you know what it’s like to work irregular hours with no guaranteed minimum. After all music is the original gig economy.

But zero hours contracts are a growing feature in our industry.

More and more instrumental music teachers, for example, are on zero-hours contracts with no guaranteed minimum hours and none of the benefits of full employment such as proper sick pay, parental leave and pensions.

This makes work even more unpredictable and makes it difficult for instrumental teachers to have a sustainable career, access mortgages and plan for having families.

That’s why the TUC is leading the charge against zero-hours contracts.

Get involved

HeartUnions Week

HeartUnions week is a week of activity across England and Wales highlighting the good work trade unions do to give everyone a voice at work.

Share your story, and tell us how the MU has helped you on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #HeartUnions.

You’ve joined your union, now make it your union. From putting a motion to your Regional Committee to becoming active in your workplace as a Hub Rep or Orchestral Steward – find out more about how you can get involved.

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