The PCP rejected this Saturday the application of “absurd limitations” in the resumption of cultural activities, and asked that the structures of artistic creation not bear the costs of the necessary adaptations for the reopening of the concert halls.
In a statement, the communists argue that “the adoption of sanitary measures is necessary” to contain the pandemic of covid-19, but point out that “it cannot be confused with the application of absurd limitations for the performance of cultural activities, in contrast to the applied in other sectors, and that prevent its realization and the work of the respective professionals ”.
The PCP stresses “the need to defend the rights of workers in the performing arts, cinema and audiovisual in terms of health, as in the case of returning to work” and asks the Government to assume “its responsibilities, not imputing to the structures of artistic creation the financial, technical and logistical requirements inherent to the measures to be taken and which they are unable to guarantee, namely with regard to the conditions for opening the rooms ”.
Culture and cultural activities cannot be considered as a secondary or disposable asset ”, he adds, arguing that“ only the break with the policy that has been followed can give stability and future to a sector that is indispensable to the development and progress ”of Portugal.
In the text sent to the newsrooms, the PCP also proposes the creation of “a non-competitive, non-competitive, bureaucratic, non-competitive Social Work Support Fund for workers and entities, without the need to present counterparts”.
“Two months after the beginning of the cancellation of shows, rehearsals and recordings due to the situation caused by the covid-19, the PCP makes a negative assessment of the Government’s response to the dramatic situation in which thousands of workers and hundreds of structures were left”, says the broken.
The PCP recalls “the fragile situation in which this sector was already in”, but points out that “the Government’s response, with insufficient and inadequate measures, in line with its policy on culture, did not contribute to reducing the impact on the lives of workers and the artistic creation structures of the current epidemiological situation ”.
Among what they consider to be “blatant examples”, the communists refer “the possibility of resorting to support for self-employed workers, with values below those defined as the poverty line and exclusion of an important part of the workers in the sector, or the attribution of a support of one million euros for structures and independent workers, recently added with 700 thousand euros ”.
In the party’s view, this “support, contest, requiring presentation of work by the end of the year, when everything is closed and without knowing in what conditions and when it will be possible to reopen theaters, translate the Government’s option to permanently eliminate dozens of structures and remove thousands of workers from the profession ”.
Citing “data released last week”, the PCP points out that “of the 1025 applications, only 311 will have any support, 69.7% of the proposals being excluded”, and criticizes that “the list of supported and excluded applications will not be made public nor will there be any possibility of appeal ”.
This procedure, at least doubtful, reveals the disrespect for an entire sector ”, he reinforces, also emphasizing that“ many of the excluded applications are from structures that had no support ”, so“ it is possible to understand the situation in which they find themselves ”.
Portugal accounts for 1,289 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,200 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.