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Warner agrees to increase Kylie dancers’ pay to legal minimum

By | Published on Thursday 1 May 2014

Kylie Minogue

Warner Music Australia has agreed to increase the amount it is paying dancers who appeared with Kylie Minogue in her new ‘I was Gonna Cancel’ video and during a performance at the Logie Awards this week to legal minimum wage. Which is big of them.

According to The Age, a number of professional dancers were asked to work on the eleven hour video shoot for free or below the standard rate. After complaints, some were then offered AUS$100 (about £55). Meanwhile, the dancers who appeared at the Australia TV awards ceremony were offered AUS$700 (£385) for their time, including rehearsals and overtime, a bit more generous, but also below usual expectations.

Director of the Equity Australia union Sue McCreadie said that Warner Music and the production company behind the video had now agreed to pay legal minimum rates to the 30 affected dancer for both performances. This ranges from AUS$174 (£95) to AUS$448 (£246) for the video, depending on each dancer’s experience, and up to AUS$1156 (£636) for the awards show.