In Palermo the sit-in to reopen theaters and cinemas, the world of entertainment in the square

Sit-in in Palermo, in piazza Verdi, in front of the Teatro Massimo, the main cultural institution of the city, on the day chosen for the national mobilization of the entertainment sector, one of the most in difficulty after a year of lockdown. Present actors, actresses, artists, singers, musicians, dancers. Slc Cgil Palermo, Fistel Cisl Palermo and Uilcom ask the government to think about possible forms of reopening, in compliance with safety regulations, and refreshments to alleviate the crisis of the sector employees. “Let’s go back to the show”, is the request that gives the title to the event, put forward together with the other claims: shock absorbers and supports until the end of the emergency, the safe reopening of places of culture, the safeguarding of production and employment, legislative reform of the show, the stabilization of employment in opera-symphonic foundations and the renewal of national contacts and protocols of professionals and self-employed persons.
The date of 23 for the protest in the square of the world of entertainment is symbolic: it is one year after the total block of the sector. A year since the beginning of the pandemic, in which most of the workers in the sector remained without employment and with few refreshments and places of culture remained closed.

«Our demands are dictated by a long year of profound suffering, which has had very serious consequences on the employment and income of male and female workers and their families. A year without live shows, the closure of theaters, and cinemas – says the general secretary of Slc Cgil Palermo Marcello Cardella – has reduced the workers of this fundamental sector of the country to their limits. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We ask the government to provide for a gradual reopening, obviously in compliance with the distancing and anti-Covid regulations. We also ask local institutions for certain and adequate refreshments for workers, and a new form of social safety nets to support employment and professionalism ». In Palermo, as in all other squares, cinemas and theaters remain closed, shows cannot be held and perhaps only in summer the sector will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. «The pandemic situation did not allow to safeguard the levels of production and employment. We need to understand how to safely reopen theaters and cinemas, respecting the protocols that have already been signed – adds Consuelo Lupo, head of the artists and artists union of the Slc CGil Palermo – some theaters have worked in streaming and put shows on test. But most of the theaters remained closed. The pandemic also highlighted all the contractual criticalities, the presence of illegal work, the existing fragmentation in our category where dozens of figures with different contracts operate. And all the induced sufferings, all the technical and service workers who work with cinemas and theaters. It will be important to reopen the dialogue with the institutions and sit down at the tables to look for alternative solutions that can come with the Recovery Plan and with the increase in the Fus, naturally with the activation of controls and the regional and national observatory “.

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