Hundreds of employees from the live music, conference, exhibition and theatre industries have gathered in Parliament Square in London for a silent protest against the government’s failure to help them through the Covid-19 crisis.
At exactly 12.50 on 29 September, performers, technicians and production staff stood in ordered, socially distanced rows and turned their backs on the Houses of Parliament as they say the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has turned his back on them.
Many were full-time employees whose furlough payments would come to an end two days later. Others were freelancers who would continue to be exempt from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Y
et more will not be eligible for the Chancellor’s Winter Support Scheme because they are not allowed to work the minimum third of their normal hours.