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All parties want the retired creators to be able to work and collect the pension

A report for the elaboration of the artist's Statute, supported by a unanimous consensus, calls on Parliament to protect the precarious of culture

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All parties want the retired creators to be able to work and collect the pension

After light of stars of culture, it works in shade a human tide. A silent majority, but essential for Pablo Albor to fill a stadium or Nuria Esperto fall in love with scenarios. And, in general, for Spanish culture to continue thinking and creating. The hidden arts do not step on red carpets and public would never recognize m. But, from today, Congress does want to do it: keep in mind that your salary and work come and go; Let a retired author be able to write and receive pension at same time; Facilitate collection of maternity or pregnancy-risk allowances for performers; or let Aphonia be a low reason for a singer. All this appears in 75 points of report that Sub-Commission for artist's statute has presented today in Congress. This is end of a work begun in February 2017, with aim of recognizing specificities of cultural employment, its intermittent essence, and offering solutions to protect so many creators and precarious workers, autonomous in its majority: between 200,000 and a million, according to different estimates. Although anor journey begins: The one that goes from report to changing law.

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"It can be a great day for culture," defended Félix Álvarez, a member of citizens and Commission. A hyposis, rar than a certainty. Because document represents "a legislative agenda," explained Eduardo Maura, spokesperson for Cultura de can. I mean, just a roadmap for Parliament. Although re are reasons for optimism. Above all, report includes statements of intent but also specific measures, which clarify what law ( income tax, Civil Enjuciamento...) or Royal Decree amend and how. Moreover, text comes out of an almost unheard of consensus: all groups have participated in it and will vote in ir favour, on Wednesday 21, in Committee on Culture. It is presumed that plenary of Congress follows example, hence some members trust that at least a minimum part of pact is in force in January 2019.

The "Proposals and recommendations" focus on 20 pages and three sections: taxation, labour protection and Social security, and compatibility between pension and income from intellectual property rights and creative activities. Before, text makes clear umbrella that seeks to encompass: "Who creates work and to do so must be formed and investigated, who designs stage, who illuminates, who writes music and who executes, who promotes, who illustrates a poem and who recites it , who police whole, who makes it reach public and, in general, who holds or manages whole process with his work visible, invisible, or both at same time. " All of m, according to report, are "indispensable" to culture.

As for taxation, document makes it clear that "cultural work is not only public presentation of a fact," but covers period of time around it. For this reason, it proposes that cultural employees tributen according to an average of income of last three or four years, to compensate that re are times of full agenda and ors where telephone never rings. It also seeks to authorize deduction of expenses in training, in instruments, changing rooms and tools of its work and in fees and commissions to representatives and agents — which often suppose "20% of gross income" of a creator. Finally, it is recommended that " entire value chain of artistic activity" tribute with reduced VAT (currently 10%), and that cultural intermittents can benefit from exemption of 30% on income tax, which is already granted to irregular incomes.

The section on labour protection and Social security, longest, calls, above all, "to adapt system of benefits to reality of cultural work and its intermittentness, especially unemployment benefit", but also maternity or paternity. "It is currently denied provision of pregnancy risk to culture worker if childbirth occurs day after a decline in Social security," adds document, which requires more flexibility.

The text invites to harmonize different artistic categories for Hacienda, to avoid what writer Lorenzo Silva told Committee on Culture: "I had to register in section of painter, sculptor or ceramist". And it points to need to recognize as "occupational diseases" all those that impede work of an artist. It is also sought to facilitate trade union representation of creators, since nowadays it is demanded a month of antiquity in a company to vote and six to opt for election, something often alien to precarious cultural ones. Anor pillar of same plan is to increase negotiating capacity of trade unions and associations representing autonomous artists in front of companies. The dancers, among ors, who end ir career at 35 years and risk becoming socially excluded report promises training, counseling and an ad hoc agency to reintegrate m into market.

Finally, five pages emphasize urgency that retired creators can receive pension (wher contributory or not, or permanent disability) while still exercising ir artistic profession, charging for it and intellectual property rights. "This collective should not be forced to choose between losing collection of its public benefits or remain active," says Point 64. Among or reasons, document points to a degree of unbalanced cases, such as "University professors Emeritus" or "Emeritus medical personnel", as well as benefit for society, for maturity of authors and because ir works seek, at end of day, to be Spread among citizens. Years later, y will also become part of public domain. So y'll be literally all of m.


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