Why does protecting them mean "making something up"?
Why not just try to renegotiate YOUR OWN terms?
It's the sort of thing people have to do in the real world every single day of the week. I don't get why it's so hard in this situation. Not every employee is paid the same rate in the business world. People determine what they think they're worth and either accept the terms of contract or look elsewhere.
Why not just tell him YOU don't think YOU'RE being paid what YOU'RE worth and would like to talk about a greater slice of the pie or you'll have to consider moving on? I just can't possibly see how or why you have to bring your friends into this at all anyway. The reality is that this is about your agreement with the band leader, no one else.
I wuld like to ensure that my friends actually still have thier gigs.
It's nt a case of negotiating my slice and like I said before the other guys in the band were told to keep the fact I was being paid less on these few gigs a secret from me.
IF i bring up that they told me he then comes down hard on them and with his track record would sack them.
If it was a negotiation thing at the start and they worked out more then that;s cool and I should try for more but they didn't. they just randomly got give extra and to keep quiet about it.
My plan will be to do gigs till end of year (paid in cash always) then talk to him and say I've got the offer of better paid gigs next year with other bands and I'm going to take them to maximise my earnings.
OR something to that effect