Live performance workers are mobilising today across France. The government has closed down large swathes of the sector with no prior consultation. The workers and their union FNSAC-CGT have put forward specific measures needed to ensure no one is left behind.
“The situation is particularly worrying. So far, the French government has taken one measure to put workers into part-time work but we know that this is unadapted to short term contracts that is the reality of many live performance professionals. We are calling for urgent measure as well as clear guidelines by the Ministry of Culture for those establishments that receive public subsidies, to ensure that their commitments on remuneration to performance artists and technicians are indeed fulfilled.” Denis Gravouil, Secretary General of FNSAC-CGT.
Mobilisations are taking place in Paris, Lyon, Marseille as well as ten other cities across the country. Access to unemployment insurance, to maternity leave and to the status of intermittent performance workers for young workers is threatened by the current situation.
As well as the immediate consequences of many workers going unpaid and left with no adequate financial support, the union is calling for the government to take measures to ensure their social rights are guaranteed. FNSAC-CGT has sent a letter detailing the measures necessary to the Minister for Culture (available here).
UNI Media, Entertainment and Arts has sent a letter backing the demands and the actions (also available in French):