On Wednesday two Dutch freelance journalists, backed by their union the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten, will launch a legal test case in Amsterdam which, in theory, could change the face of Holland’s media.

Lawyers for the two freelancers, photographer Ruud Rogier and reporter Britt van Uem, will ask the judges to decide what is reasonable remuneration for their work for the media giant De Persgroep.

Based on their years of professional experience they will be asking for approximately €60 an hour as opposed to current rates which they estimate given the numbers of hours taken for a commission to be between €14 and €18 an hour.

It boils down to a single commission for a photographer earning €150 as opposed to €42 today. Any claim could be backdated to I July 2015 and would establish a rate for which other claims from media companies could be made.

As such it could have huge implications and is said to spark a debate in Dutch society over the value of freelance workers. Already there is talk of an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Come long to support the NVJ, and see a bit of labour history in the making, 09.00am Wednesday 3rd April, Amsterdam law court, Parnas building, report at reception in the Fred Roeskestraat.

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