Netherlands - Art workers low paid - January 31, 2016

A study by the government’s advisory group SER and the Council for Culture reveals that cutbacks in the cultural sector have had a serious impact on the employment and the earnings in the art world. Some 20 thousand permanent jobs disappeared and the sector is now dominated by low-paid freelancers. Half of people working in culture earn less than 30 thousand euros a year. On almost all fronts the cultural sector scores lower than the national averages. This conclusion applies to both workers and self-employed. Self-employment increased with 20.4%; this was not a free choice, but an economic necessity. However, self-employed are often not insured for occupational disability and their pension situation is worrying. 

English: http://www.nltimes.nl/2016/01/22 …  

The report (in Dutch): https://www.ser.nl/~/media/files/internet/publicaties/overige …  

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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