Research into the labour rights of ancillary workers in UK TV production

In 2019/2020, the Forum commissioned research into human rights in TV production, with a particular focus on identifying the adverse impacts on the labour rights of ancillary workers.

Ancillary workers are people providing essential services to TV productions but who are often not seen as part of the crew. They are usually employed by a subcontractor or supplier, which has historically led to minimal oversight and/or a lack of clarity on working conditions.

This research project focused on the labour rights of ancillary workers in TV production, including set construction workers, stagehands and people working in facilities, catering, cleaning, security and transport. The productions involved in the assessments all operated to high standards, demonstrating good practices above and beyond the legal minimum.

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