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Chris Martin Joins Campaign To Help Self-Employed Parents In Music Industry

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Coldplay's Chris Martin has joined a campaign to help end discrimination against self-employed parents in the music industry.

UK Music said Martin is backing efforts to convince the government to urgently update shared parental leave and pay rules to include self-employed parents in the creative industries and across the workforce.

Around three out of every four people are self-employed in the music industry, but self-employed parents have no way of sharing parental leave in the same way as other workers.

The campaign seeks to change the rules in a way that would allow parents greater flexibility over childcare decisions, help close the gender pay gap, enable mothers to maintain successful careers and give fathers the chance to care for their children.

"There is no shared parental leave and pay system in place for self-employed parents. That makes it really tough for many of our freelance colleagues and crew when they have children. Let's change the law so that self-employed mums and dads can choose when to take parental leave," Martin said.

(Photo: Christopher Johnson)

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