The artistic community in Poland asked the Minister of Culture to establish an auxiliary fund

The artistic community in Poland asked the Minister of Culture to establish an auxiliary fund

The idea of starting a solidarity fund came from the Independent Culture Movement. The fund would be allocated to support people of culture who, due to the closing of the institutions and canceling of the events, will find themselves in a difficult financial situation. A similar postulate appeared in an open letter to the Minister of Culture that was issued by the Poznan branch of ZASP (Association of Polish Stage Artists). The petition signed 4.5 thousand people. In addition to the support, ZASP suggests paying compensation in the amount of 80 percent on the basis of the income specified in the contracts – commissions regarding canceled performances and educational activities.

In turn, the trade union Inicjatywa Pracownicza ( The Employee Initiative )addressed several recommendations to the Warsaw City Council Culture Dep. Trade unionists write about enabling remote work for as many employees as possible, annexing contracts with employees employed on contracts for specific work or self-employed, so that their work could be performed remotely or to change their duties to substitute work, which can be performed during suspension of artistic activity, providing protection measures for people working in cultural institutions, but employed by external companies. Inicjatywa Pracownicza also calls for the introduction of flexible working time, in order to reduce the need for employees to move during rush hours.

In reply, Warsaw City Council Culture Dep states that supports the efforts of employees (Aldona Machnowska-Góra, the director of the Culture Department is convinced that directors of the Institutions will organize their work in this way, and that maybe they change contracts and regulations to protect the interests of employees and collaborators, and that the city council itself is ready to prepare annexes)

source: https://warszawa.wyborcza.pl/…/7,54420,25788091,koronawirus…