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Designers + Cultural Workers

Cultural work *is* work! Our Designers + Cultural Workers Sector is organising workers across the creative industries.

ABOUT DCW

The cultural sector is rife with individualisation and competitiveness to the detriment of its workforce. The status of creative work is increasingly casualised, in the interest of distributing profits to those at the top.

We want to change this.

Many of us are precarious, overworked and underpaid. We are made to compete against each other for unfair wages, illegal unpaid internships, precarious freelance and temporary work. We suffer under bad management and terrible conditions.

The misconception that creative ideation and production somehow happen without actual labour has allowed unfair wages to proliferate and overwork, stress and burnout to become chronic within the sector. 

We need a cultural shift.

As UVW-DCW, we aim to tackle the individualisation of work-related issues. We educate members about our rights at work, secure legal representation, and organise and campaign to transform our industry in the interests of its workers, with solidarity, community, and equality at the centre of cultural production.

WHAT WE DO

As UVW-DCW, we educate ourselves about our rights at work, support each other and campaign to transform our industry. DCW acts as a member support network: we support one another to find solutions to the problems we face and look for solutions collectively. 

There is no sense of good practice in our sector, in terms of fees, contracts, workplace environment, freelancing and so on. We want to undertake the research work to determine what just working practices look like for our members.

So far, as well as running events, being on panels and creating training opportunities for our members we have worked on a Studio Campaign to support studio tenants across London throughout the COVID19 period

If you have an idea for a campaign and you would like to start organising – join the branch and get in touch! 

WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS

If you work as a designer, curator, film-maker, illustrator, writer, artworker, educator or any other creative worker; in a studio, gallery, museum, art school, theatre, fashion company or even from your bedroom; as an employee, agency worker, intern, student or self-employed; join our fight to build a more equitable culture from below!  

We all represent the cultural sector and experience similar issues, but we all benefit from the system in different ways and some of our roles exploit others’ to succeed.

We aim to create solidarity across the cultural industry and break down the hierarchies built into the sector. We must revolutionize cultural work for everyone and make sure that we take everyone’s needs into account when we build our future. 

This is only possible when as many voices from the sector as possible are involved, so we welcome people who work in any position at any cultural institution to feed their ideas into our campaigns.

WHAT WE FIGHT

We are taking action against exploitative practices, including:

  • UNFAIR WAGES
  • SALARY CLOAKING
  • UNPAID OVERTIME
  • ILLEGAL UNPAID INTERNSHIPS
  • WORK-RELATED STRESS AND BURNOUT
  • PRECARIOUS FREELANCE AND TEMPORARY WORK

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BECOME A MEMBER

Join us and fight together for a cultural shift!


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CONTACT US

dcw@uvwunion.org.uk

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