A cheerleader for an Australian basketball team has gone on strike after being told that she and other team dancers were expected to perform without pay for a playoff game. Carla Bigiolli, 22, denounced the Adelaide 36ers basketball team for expecting cheerleaders to dance for free during the league’s finals after the team claimed it “did not budget for us to get into the finals.” In a blistering Facebook post, Bigiolli announced her decision to go on strike and questioned why some of her fellow dancers were “okay with not getting paid.”
Speaking to Yahoo News, Bigiolli further criticized the “ongoing issue of disrespect” faced by performers, entertainers and artists who are all too often “asked to work for no income.”
“‘Exposure’ and ‘experience’ will not pay my bills and put food on the table,” she explained. “If you are at a professional standard, no matter what industry you are in, you must be respected and receive fair income for your works.”
Just for Fun, the dance company that manages the 36ers cheerleading squad, has said that the cheerleaders were paid a lump sum that amounted to about $58 a week, and that they hoped to “rectify the issue” of cheerleaders not being paid for the finals with the club.
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