COVID-19: Central and Regional Action
AIIC has been very active at both central and regional level during the Covid-19 pandemic in an effort to safeguard the health and livelihood of its members.
AIIC UK & Ireland hs also joined forces with ITI and IPSE to lobby MPs and the Prime Minister asking for support for the self-employed during this difficult time. We are pleased that the pressure exerted on the UK Government from so many different stakeholders has borne fruit in the form of a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people adversely affected by COVID-19.
We also welcome the special measures introduced by the Irish Government, available to both employed and self-employed workers.
Global appeal by AIIC, FIT and WASLI
Global appeal by AIIC, FIT and WASLI to all institutions to include independent or freelance interpreters and translators in any and all economic, social, tax and other measures aimed at alleviating the severely negative impact of the crisis.
AIIC UK&I Letter to the UK Prime Minister
AIIC UK&I Letter to the UK Prime Minister, sent jointly with the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI); an appeal to include self-employed translators and interpreters in Government support measures to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
A suggested template for letters to MPS
A suggested template for letters to MPs was sent out to the Region for members to call upon their MP to add their voice to those lobbying for the support of the self-employed and to ensure that conference interpreters are included in any support measures adopted (in line with AIIC rules, the template for pre-candidates did not mention AIIC membership or include the "Member of AIIC" logo).
IPSE'S LETTER TO THE pRIME MINISTER
We co-signed IPSE's letter to the Prime Minister calling for an emergency fund for freelancers (IPSE: Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed).