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I recently joined Twitter after a couple of years eyeing it cautiously on the sidelines. The discussion about the state of VFX and what needs to be done is active.
What I’ve jumped into is one of my favourite topics, the ‘working time agreement’ in the UK, and how London companies have made opting out of it seem a condition of employment, and how widespread the notion that this is the case, and that somehow it is tied to OT, or waiving ones rights to OT.
Firstly, the WTA is only a control on the average number of weekly hours worked (48 hrs/week, over 17 weeks). This has NOTHING to do with how one is compensated for those hours. Even if a company makes you sign the WTA opt-out as a condition of employment, they cannot by law refuse your request to opt-in on the first minute of your first day of work.
Secondly, OT is not paid presently in London to staff/contract hires. Only weekend work is compensated as TOIL. It didn’t used to be that way. I don’t know if VFX workers might eventually get OT, there’d have to be a lot of fighting for that to happen.
If nothing else, OPT-IN to the WTA – they cannot stop you!!