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TV Presenters Strike Due To Off-Payroll (IR35)

Loose Women stars Janet Street-Porter and Jane Moore go on strike after a row with ITV about their tax status.  The Mail reports that the presenters were ordered to sign contracts saying that they are permanent employees rather than freelance.

The new contracts issued by ITV are in response to off-payroll working rules, and do not offer holiday, sick pay, or pension and forbid some work opportunities.  The presenters, who have been self-employed for more than two decades, insist ITV’s contract change is unacceptable.

One source speaking to The Mail said: “Jane and Janet are furious. They have done such a lot for that show and they love it – but… they do different work across different companies and, as journalists, value their independent status. Things have got pretty tense. If it carries on, there might be a big change to the line-up.”

In addition, The Mail writes that panellist Carol McGiffin quit last year after refusing to sign the contract. Writing in Best magazine, she said ‘no one in their right mind’ would have agreed to it.

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