New platform to ‘Chooz’ event staff online
A new disruptive technology for staffing events has been launched in the shape of online platform CHOOZ. The site’s founders claim they have already signed up 1,000 staff ready to work at events and aim to connect them to organisers, cutting out middlemen and expensive staffing agencies.
The Chooz team claims its process of automation is fully compliant with UK labour laws.
The site allows staff details and rates to be accessed directly by event organisers who can then make their selection based on availability, experience and ratings.
“For too long, events staff have had to put up with low pay, few rights, and have faced inappropriate behaviour from event attendees with little or no protection,” says Dennis Oudejans, founder of CHOOZ.
CHOOZ staff are employees, not contractors, with full rights to paid leave, employer pension contributions, and sick pay.
Putting staff in control also protects against any risk of bullying or harassment at work, claims Oudejans, and points to a ‘Framework for Fairness’ that he claims ensures that any complaints are fast-tracked for resolution. A Whistleblower Policy means staff can also take action if they experience any inappropriate behaviour.
A review system ensures that both staff and organisers are rated.
Oudejans adds: “The recent revelations of scandalous behaviour towards event staff at a black-tie London charity event highlights the problem, but frankly this issue has existed for as long as anyone can remember, and the industry has failed to tackle it. By putting staff in control, CHOOZ aims to make this potential for exploitation a thing of the past.”
CHOOZ had a soft-launch in November 2017, and says it has signed up around 1,000 staff spread across the UK. The company expects to take its first bookings soon.
CHOOZ operations manager Miriam Aguera says: “We believe CHOOZ will transform the events industry, and bring long-overdue fairness and transparency to the market. Through our platform, staff and organisers are given total freedom and control of their employment. Technology means we can empower staff and cut costs for organisers. A new era in events is about to begin.” EndFragment