Top 10 reasons to join WGGB
WGGB negotiates agreements on pay with major industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and PACT; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. The more members we have, the stronger we are as a union, and the more we can push for improved deals.
2. Decent conditions
WGGB agreements also cover writers’ working conditions, and the terms of their contracts. These include a wide range of issues – from bullying to rehearsal attendance – and protect writers from exploitation.
3. Contract vetting
WGGB provides a basic contract vetting service for Full and Candidate Members. It is run by WGGB staff and outsourced to external contract vetters when necessary.
4. Support and advice
Writing can be an isolated profession. As a WGGB member, you will receive the full backing of a professionally run trade union, including advice from our experienced staff, fellow members and, where required, specialist media lawyers. Networking events give you the chance to meet and share issues with fellow writers.
Full Members working in film, TV or radio can join the WGGB pension scheme. This requires that the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 or an independent production company pays an employer’s contribution of between 6% and 8% of their fee directly into their pension fund.
6. Free and discounted training
As a member of WGGB you are eligible for free training through the Federation of Entertainment Unions. This includes workshops and online tutorials on a wide variety of skills useful in your freelance career – from building your own website and utilising social media to negotiating contracts and keeping your finances in order. WGGB members in Wales are also eligible for discounted training via CULT Cymru, plus there is a 10% discount off course fees at Birkbeck University.
7. Other perks and discounts
These include a free British Library Reader Pass, discounts off tickets at selected theatres, Black List services and Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Full Members are also eligible for Cannes Accreditation, entry in the WGGB Find A Writer online directory, and to pay no joining fee for the Writers Guild of America, East or West (if they are eligible for membership). See the full list of exclusive member discounts.
8. Weekly ebulletin
All WGGB members receive a weekly ebulletin, sent out every Friday and packed full of news, events, jobs and writing opportunities.
9. Get involved
As a WGGB member you can join one of our craft or regional committees, or become a member of our Executive Council. These offer a great way to participate in the running of your union and have a positive impact on writers’ lives.
10. A campaigning union
WGGB has a powerful voice in the entertainment industries and campaigns on issues that affect writers. It contributes to public debate via our lobbyists in Westminster and Europe, and has major international affiliations, which enable it to keep ahead of a rapidly changing digital landscape.
By becoming a member you will increase our strength – and influence.
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