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    • DesDesmond
    • By DesDesmond 3rd Jul 17, 8:53 AM
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    Freelance Redundancy
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    Freelance Redundancy 3rd Jul 17 at 8:53 AM
    hi everyone,

    i’m a freelance journalist in glasgow and i was looking for some information. i’ve had a weekly column in a daily newspaper for the past nine years and nine months approx for a fixed fee, but it has now ended.

    am i due any form on compensation or money for it ending?

    it was entirely the newspaper’s choice and i had no input or discussion on the matter, and during the time of the column, it ran every week apart from if it fell on christmas day.

    if you can give me any information, that would be much appreciated.
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 3rd Jul 17, 9:05 AM
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    what sort of contract did you have?

    presume it was not an employment one

    Whatever termination terms that were in the B2B contract will apply.
    • DesDesmond
    • By DesDesmond 3rd Jul 17, 9:26 AM
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    there was no written contract, it was more an oral agreement but survived for close to 10 years. so every week i would send the column and then be paid the same sum.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 3rd Jul 17, 9:32 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 17, 9:32 AM
    What was the oral agreement?
    • DesDesmond
    • By DesDesmond 3rd Jul 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 17, 9:34 AM
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    that i would be paid a fixed amount of X per week for supplying the column, and like i say, it ran for almost 10 years until it was ended by the newspaper, not by myself. it was also given the same spot in the newspaper, but of course edited and looked over by staff before being printed.

    there was never an issue with the standard of the work.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 3rd Jul 17, 9:54 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 17, 9:54 AM
    You are going to struggle to establish this was any sort of employment contract.
    • DesDesmond
    • By DesDesmond 3rd Jul 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 17, 10:01 AM
    but is there not some law where if you are providing a regular service for so long, that you are in some ways classed as an employee and entitled to redundancy?
    • antrobus
    • By antrobus 3rd Jul 17, 11:31 AM
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    but is there not some law where if you are providing a regular service for so long, that you are in some ways classed as an employee and entitled to redundancy?
    Originally posted by DesDesmond
    In a word, no.
    • DesDesmond
    • By DesDesmond 3rd Jul 17, 11:57 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 17, 11:57 AM
    ah ok, thanks for your help, i thought there existed something in the media where people doing a regular job could not just be told they weren't need any longer, after such time spent dong it and the amount was like a regular income/fixed payment.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 3rd Jul 17, 4:02 PM
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    Unless you were a staff member (paid salary with tax/NI deducted, had paid holidays) you are just a contractor who regularly supplies a required item. If your item is no longer needed.......
    • ssparks2003
    • By ssparks2003 6th Jul 17, 8:50 AM
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    You were a long term supplier to a company, you are no more that the plumbers merchants to the plumber.
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