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This is the protocol for paying people. It is currently a skeleton describing how much and how people should be paid. It is currently not implemented.  
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This is the protocol for paying people. This is payment as it '''currently works''' in QueerCare.
  
== When to pay people==
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QueerCare is looking to move to paying people on a '''weekly''' basis. When this change happens, this protocol will be updated.
  
Queercare must pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people averaged over the previous three months are less than current cash reserves(which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for three months)
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== When to Pay People ==
  
Queercare can pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people averaged over the previous three months, divided by three are less than current cash reserves(which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for one month).  
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QueerCare pays people for the labour of:
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* '''Care''' and '''advocacy''' work done as QC or to QC protocol.
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* '''Mental health first response''' done based on QC protocol or training
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* '''Admin''' work done for QC, such as work on protocol or finance.
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* Other '''internal''' or '''external''' work done for QC, such as logistics or running a training.
  
== What to [do before doing thing]==
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QueerCare does '''not''' currently pay people for the labour of '''Protest First Aid'''. This is something that is being '''actively discussed''' by the people who do this work. As with all other kinds of work, peolple doing Protest First Aid are strongly enocuraged to claim full expenses ([[Claim expenses|Claiming Expenses Protocol]]).
  
On Thursday morning, post a reminder in #anouncemnts that people should file their hours for the previous week.  
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QueerCare '''must''' pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people '''averaged''' over the '''previous three months''' are '''less''' than '''current cash reserves''' (which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for three months).
  
== How to pay people ==
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QueerCare '''can''' pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people '''averaged''' over the '''previous three months''' and '''divided by three''' are '''less''' than '''current cash reserves''' (which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for one month).
  
The hourly wage for work with queercare is the living wage for their area as determined by the living wage foundation, multiplied by 1.25, rounded to the nearest penny. All people are paid the same hourly rate. This is currently 13.34 for people working in london, and 11.63 for people outside of london.
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== How Often People are Paid ==
  
For people who are not on monthly contracts, every week on friday, at the same time as [[paying expenses protocol| expenses] are paid, the total reported hours which have not been paid in the previous week must be paid by BACS or paypal.
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Currently, people are paid on a '''monthly''' basis at the start of each month, after they have '''invoiced''' for the hours they worked over the previous month. QC is looking to move to paying people on a '''weekly''' basis, using the same model.
  
For people on monthly contracts, on the last Friday of the month, their monthly pay and any additional hours which they have worked should be transfered to them by BACS or paypal.
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== Wages and Legal Framework ==
  
== What to do after paying people ==
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The hourly wage for work with QC is the '''living wage''' for each person's area as determined by the Living Wage Foundation, '''multiplied by 1.25''' and rounded to the '''nearest penny'''. Everyone is paid the '''same hourly rate'''. This is currently '''£13.34 p/h for people working in London''', and '''£11.63 p/h for people outside of London'''.
  
Post the current amount in the bank account in the finance and fundraising chat.  
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Currently, people paid by QC are employed as '''freelancers'''. This means they must sort out their own '''tax''' and '''National Insurance contributions (NICs)'''. QC and people within QC should help them do this.
  
== Principles, sources and reasoning ==
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QC hopes to change this soon, and create a fully unionised workforce.
  
Queercare pays people for political and practical reasons. The practical reasons for paying people are:
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== How to Claim Payment ==
  
- demanding large amounts of unpaid labour results in only privileged people being able to do the work of supporting people, and produces organisations which do not support those who most need support
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When you are doing QC work, please try to roughly keep track of the hours you have worked. This will help you make sure you claim for all the work you have done.
- people being paid by third parties stops them being dependent on people they care for, discouraging extortion.
 
- Historically, support work in queer communities results in bunrout and bad care, because people cannot support themselves while doing it.  
 
  
The political reasons for paying people are:
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At the '''start of each month''' a message should be posted in #general-announcements reminding people to file an '''invoice''' for the hours they worked over the '''previous month'''.  
- recognising the massive amounts of unpaid labour that go into trans communities which are not recognised by capital.
 
  
The reasoning behind relativity high(for "unskilled" wages, though low by come standards- London Renters Union pays approximately 150% of London living wage) are to enable people to live a survivable existence(a "living wage" while working four days a week, allowing more time for rest and recuperation, as well as work on their own other interests.
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To invoice, send an e-mail to '''payroll@queercare.network''' including (at least) the following information:
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* The '''date''' of the invoice
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* An '''invoice number''' (can be arbitrary, should differ from invoice to invoice)
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* Your '''preferred payment method''' between PayPal and BACS, and any details needed for that (BACS currently takes longer as only one person in the organisation can do BACS right now)
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* Your '''address'''
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* A brief, clear '''description of the work you did'''
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* The '''number of hours''' you worked for QC this '''month'''
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* The total '''amount of money being claimed''' (which should be the above number multiplied by the wage)
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* Whether you would like to be '''reminded''' via e-mail to make your next invoice
  
The reasoning for a flat wage is that it is assumed effort put in per hour per worker is the same, and as such should be compensated at the same rate. It is also worth noting that affective skills and feminised labour is historically undervalued in the labour market, and attempts to pay more for more "skilled" work will discriminate against against undervalued skillsets.  
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Please see [[Invoice Email Template]] for a '''template''' for this.
  
The reasoning behind the short payment periods(1 week for unconcentrated hours) are that many queer people living hand to mouth and waiting a month can be detrimental to encouraging people to take part.
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If you would like to be paid at a '''different time''' (eg. weekly, or earlier or later on a given month) this is fine and you should message Ada or Alex on Slack or on Signal to sort this.
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== Paying People Aged Under 18 ==
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=== 13, 14 and 15 ===
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People aged '''13''', '''14''' and '''15''' must work within [https://www.gov.uk/child-employment/restrictions-on-child-employment these] '''legal requirements'''. For work that is done ''''from home'''' and within these '''requirements''', people aged 13, 14 and 15 can be paid '''as over 16s/18s''' are. However this does not extend to work done 'outside the home'.
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If you are aged 13, 14 or 15 and do QC work ''''outside the home'''' or '''outside of restricted hours''' & '''conditions''' it '''cannot be waged''', but you must claim '''full expenses''' for this work.
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People aged 13, 14 and 15 should not work in a way that is detrimental to their '''education''' or '''health''' and should talk to someone in QC/QCYF (such as the QCYF General Meeting, see [[Internal Support in QCYF Protocol]]) if this is a problem.
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=== 16 and 17 ===
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People aged 16 and 17 must work within [https://www.acas.org.uk/young-workers-apprentices-and-work-experience these] '''legal requirements''' (a more detailed overview of your rights can be found [https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/check-your-rights-at-work-if-youre-under-18/ here]).
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Please note there are '''differences''' for people who are in '''full-time education/training''' and people who are in '''part-time education/training'''.
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People aged 16 and 17 who do QC work '''within these restrictions''' will be paid '''as over 18s are'''.
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If you are 16 or 17 and do QC work '''outside of restricted hours''' and '''conditions''' this work '''cannot be waged''' but you must claim '''full expenses''' for this work.
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You should not work in a way that is detrimental to your '''education''' or '''health''' and should talk to someone in QC/QCYF (such as the QCYF General Meeting, see [[Internal Support in QCYF Protocol]]) if this is a problem.
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== What to do after Paying People ==
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People handling finance should post the '''current amount in the bank account''' in the '''finance and fundraising chat'''.
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== Principles, Sources and Reasoning ==
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QueerCare pays people for '''political''' and '''practical''' reasons. The '''practical''' reasons for paying people are:
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* Demanding large amounts of unpaid labour results in only financially privileged people being able to do the work of supporting people with some level of sustainability, and produces organisations which do not support those who most need support and which exacerbate burnout amongst those who are most oppressed and precarious.
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* People being paid by third parties stops them being dependent on people they care for, discouraging extortion.
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* Historically, support work in queer communities results in bunrout and bad care, because people cannot support themselves while doing it.
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The '''political''' reasons for paying people are:
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* Recognising the massive amounts of unpaid labour that go into trans communities which are not recognised by capital.
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The reasoning behind relativity '''high''' (for "unskilled" wages, though low by other standards 'on theLeft' - London Renters Union pays approximately 150% of London living wage) are to enable people to live a '''survivable existence''': a "living wage" while working '''four days a week''', allowing more time for '''rest''' and '''recuperation''', as well as work on '''other interests'''.
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The reasoning for a '''flat wage''' is that it is assumed effort put in per hour per worker is the same, and as such should be compensated at the same rate. It is also worth noting that '''affective skills''' and '''feminised labour''' is historically '''undervalued''' in the labour market, and attempts to pay more for more "skilled" work will '''discriminate''' against against undervalued skillsets.
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QueerCare is aiming to move to '''one week payment periods'''. The reasoning behind this is that that many queer people live hand to mouth and waiting a month can mean that people are unable to support themselves whilst doing the work of supporting others.
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{{cite|Wages for Advocacy; Accessed: 2021-02-06|external|https://actionfortranshealth.org.uk/2016/02/12/wages-for-advocacy/}}

Latest revision as of 00:17, 6 February 2021

This protocol is under review, and has not been accepted.

We are currently gathering feedback and editing this protocol, and there may be errors or bad wording. Please only use this protocol with caution, and if other organisations have definitive protocol, use that instead.

Please see #protocols on Slack to discuss this protocol further.

This is the protocol for paying people. This is payment as it currently works in QueerCare.

QueerCare is looking to move to paying people on a weekly basis. When this change happens, this protocol will be updated.

When to Pay People

QueerCare pays people for the labour of:

  • Care and advocacy work done as QC or to QC protocol.
  • Mental health first response done based on QC protocol or training
  • Admin work done for QC, such as work on protocol or finance.
  • Other internal or external work done for QC, such as logistics or running a training.

QueerCare does not currently pay people for the labour of Protest First Aid. This is something that is being actively discussed by the people who do this work. As with all other kinds of work, peolple doing Protest First Aid are strongly enocuraged to claim full expenses (Claiming Expenses Protocol).

QueerCare must pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people averaged over the previous three months are less than current cash reserves (which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for three months).

QueerCare can pay people for their labour if the costs of paying people averaged over the previous three months and divided by three are less than current cash reserves (which is to say, can expect to be able to pay people for one month).

How Often People are Paid

Currently, people are paid on a monthly basis at the start of each month, after they have invoiced for the hours they worked over the previous month. QC is looking to move to paying people on a weekly basis, using the same model.

Wages and Legal Framework

The hourly wage for work with QC is the living wage for each person's area as determined by the Living Wage Foundation, multiplied by 1.25 and rounded to the nearest penny. Everyone is paid the same hourly rate. This is currently £13.34 p/h for people working in London, and £11.63 p/h for people outside of London.

Currently, people paid by QC are employed as freelancers. This means they must sort out their own tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs). QC and people within QC should help them do this.

QC hopes to change this soon, and create a fully unionised workforce.

How to Claim Payment

When you are doing QC work, please try to roughly keep track of the hours you have worked. This will help you make sure you claim for all the work you have done.

At the start of each month a message should be posted in #general-announcements reminding people to file an invoice for the hours they worked over the previous month.

To invoice, send an e-mail to payroll@queercare.network including (at least) the following information:

  • The date of the invoice
  • An invoice number (can be arbitrary, should differ from invoice to invoice)
  • Your preferred payment method between PayPal and BACS, and any details needed for that (BACS currently takes longer as only one person in the organisation can do BACS right now)
  • Your address
  • A brief, clear description of the work you did
  • The number of hours you worked for QC this month
  • The total amount of money being claimed (which should be the above number multiplied by the wage)
  • Whether you would like to be reminded via e-mail to make your next invoice

Please see Invoice Email Template for a template for this.

If you would like to be paid at a different time (eg. weekly, or earlier or later on a given month) this is fine and you should message Ada or Alex on Slack or on Signal to sort this.

Paying People Aged Under 18

13, 14 and 15

People aged 13, 14 and 15 must work within these legal requirements. For work that is done 'from home' and within these requirements, people aged 13, 14 and 15 can be paid as over 16s/18s are. However this does not extend to work done 'outside the home'.

If you are aged 13, 14 or 15 and do QC work 'outside the home' or outside of restricted hours & conditions it cannot be waged, but you must claim full expenses for this work.

People aged 13, 14 and 15 should not work in a way that is detrimental to their education or health and should talk to someone in QC/QCYF (such as the QCYF General Meeting, see Internal Support in QCYF Protocol) if this is a problem.

16 and 17

People aged 16 and 17 must work within these legal requirements (a more detailed overview of your rights can be found here).

Please note there are differences for people who are in full-time education/training and people who are in part-time education/training.

People aged 16 and 17 who do QC work within these restrictions will be paid as over 18s are.

If you are 16 or 17 and do QC work outside of restricted hours and conditions this work cannot be waged but you must claim full expenses for this work.

You should not work in a way that is detrimental to your education or health and should talk to someone in QC/QCYF (such as the QCYF General Meeting, see Internal Support in QCYF Protocol) if this is a problem.

What to do after Paying People

People handling finance should post the current amount in the bank account in the finance and fundraising chat.

Principles, Sources and Reasoning

QueerCare pays people for political and practical reasons. The practical reasons for paying people are:

  • Demanding large amounts of unpaid labour results in only financially privileged people being able to do the work of supporting people with some level of sustainability, and produces organisations which do not support those who most need support and which exacerbate burnout amongst those who are most oppressed and precarious.
  • People being paid by third parties stops them being dependent on people they care for, discouraging extortion.
  • Historically, support work in queer communities results in bunrout and bad care, because people cannot support themselves while doing it.

The political reasons for paying people are:

  • Recognising the massive amounts of unpaid labour that go into trans communities which are not recognised by capital.

The reasoning behind relativity high (for "unskilled" wages, though low by other standards 'on theLeft' - London Renters Union pays approximately 150% of London living wage) are to enable people to live a survivable existence: a "living wage" while working four days a week, allowing more time for rest and recuperation, as well as work on other interests.

The reasoning for a flat wage is that it is assumed effort put in per hour per worker is the same, and as such should be compensated at the same rate. It is also worth noting that affective skills and feminised labour is historically undervalued in the labour market, and attempts to pay more for more "skilled" work will discriminate against against undervalued skillsets.

QueerCare is aiming to move to one week payment periods. The reasoning behind this is that that many queer people live hand to mouth and waiting a month can mean that people are unable to support themselves whilst doing the work of supporting others.

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