TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - A survey of 328 workers in Canada's
unscripted and reality TV sector indicates they are precariously
employed in difficult situations and have no safety net. The online
survey was conducted by the Canadian Media Guild between May and July
of this year.
"The survey confirms the troubling anecdotes we've been hearing from
people over many months," says Karen Wirsig, an organizer with the
Canadian Media Guild. "The conditions are getting tougher, with long
and unpredictable hours when the work is available and periods of
unemployment with no safety net. The industry is chewing people up and
spitting them out the other end."
Nearly 60% of survey respondents reported working at least 45 hours per
week in their last or current project. This compares with the Canadian
average of 36.6 hours per week. Half said they are often expected to
work nights and/or weekends with no notice. Two-thirds lose their pay
when they are sick. Nearly a third reported working in situations that
were unsafe and 37% witnessed situations that were unsafe for others.
However, many are reluctant to speak up and 48% of the women reported
having been bullied by a superior.
"Many people I know have truly enjoyed working in this industry," says
Buffy Childerhose, a long-time writer and director. "We love being
storytellers, especially when we get to tell Canadian stories. But the
tenor has changed, and many talented and creative people are now
wondering how they can exit an industry fraught with unprofessional,
unfair and even unsafe work environments."
To read the first report of the survey results, visit http://www.cmg.ca/en/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Factual-TV-results-oct-13.pdf
. A second report on issues related to pay will be released next week.
SOURCE: Canadian Media Guild
For further information:
Karen Wirsig (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 416-578-1651 (cell) or 416-591-5333, ext. 222. www.cmg.ca