France -Industrial action of arts workers -June 24, 2014

Strikes by performers, actors and technicians are threatening to shut down some of the leading arts events, including the renowned Avignon festival. Part-time and temporary workers are angry at plans to reduce their right to extra benefits and social security, aimed at cutting government debt.

Strikes by performers, actors and technicians are threatening to shut down some of the leading arts events, including the renowned Avignon festival. Part-time and temporary workers are angry at plans to reduce their right to extra benefits and social security, aimed at cutting government debt. They say the proposals will hit the country's cultural exception, a fiercely-guarded principle that means anything considered to be of cultural value to French society should be protected by the state from market forces.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/13/french-arts-workers-threat ...   

http://www.thelocal.fr/20140624/frances-biggest-festivals-at-risk

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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