Covid-19 has severely damaged the cultural sector and live performance in particular. The pandemic and the resulting restrictions have led to the manifesto’s policies becoming more relevant and necessary than ever.
The Manifesto as well as a large print version can be downloaded as a PDF at the bottom of this page.
TUC Yorkshire and the Humber seeks the endorsement of the following policies by local authorities, elected mayors and city regions and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). We also call on all candidates standing for election to public office to support these policies:
Regarding employment, the manifesto asserts that far too often, the creative and leisure industries are blighted by poor working conditions, pay levels less than government minima, harassment and bullying and even an expectation that professional arts practitioners should work without pay. Such practices need to be eradicated.
There is a new section on Public Service Broadcasting in the 2021 manifesto. Channel 4’s establishment of a national HQ in Leeds is welcomed and concerns about BBC funding in the light of substantial redundancies across the nations and regions are highlighted.
The manifesto supports a number of CLIC unions’ key policies and campaigns including Artists Union England’s Good Practice Charter, Equity’s Four Pillars for Recovery covering workforce protection, safe opening, protecting cultural infrastructure and equality, Musicians Union’s #FixStreaming campaign for an equitable, sustainable and transparent model for royalty distribution in the streaming era and NUJ’s News Recovery plan.
The manifesto identifies the continuation of free movement of workers, protection of intellectual property rights, safeguarding workers’ rights and the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and continued access to healthcare provision equivalent to the European Health Insurance Card as key issues for the creative and leisure industries arising from Brexit. Where Creative Industries funding from the EU is lost this must be replaced at equivalent levels by the UK government.
On the Climate Emergency the manifesto calls for support for the arts’ positive role in facing up to climate change and for the negative environmental impact of cultural activities to be minimised.
The manifesto highlights the disparity of DCMS and Arts Council England funding at £69 per head for Londoners and £4.58 per head for the rest of England and demands that this is redressed.
The manifesto also calls for all funding opportunities to be promoted to and accessible to grassroots organisations.
The following unions have been involved in the TUC YH Creative and Leisure Industries Committee:
Artists' Union England, BECTU Sector of Prospect, Equity, Musicians Union, NASUWT, National Union of Journalists, UNISON
In addition, the following unions support the cultural manifesto:
1. Accredited Living Wage employers are those who have been certified by the Living Wage Foundation as paying at least the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage rates https://www.livingwage.org.uk. These are distinct from and higher than the Government’s so called living wage, which are statutory minimum wage rates for over 25s.
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