After tireless action from MEAA members at Nine, management have agreed to develop a freelance agreement. This is a huge step in the right direction, and it is positive that Nine management want to do the right thing by implementing fair pay and conditions for freelancers.
Despite these positives, Nine’s freelance agreement falls short on addressing issues around minimum rates and timeliness of pay. These issues directly impact freelancers’ ability to provide the quality journalism that Nine newspapers rely on.
Freelancers who contribute to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Financial Review, Brisbane Times and WA Today are standing together for:
Fair minimum rates and annual rate increases Timely payment following submission Superannuation for a secure retirement “Kill fees” for commissions that are cancelled by the outlet Retention of all copyright Indemnity from defamation Respect for the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics Clear dispute resolution options