Culture greatly enriches the life of people in the South West, and contributes hugely to our regional economy. As trade unions, the Manifesto is calling for:
Trade unions have a proud record of representing people who work in the creative, cultural and leisure industries. These trade unions can be small but highly specialised and are well tuned to serve the particular interests of their members.
With the support of the TUC South West, the creative trade unions have come together to make the case for their sector and the importance of their members' work for the life of the region.
The South West has a rich tradition of creativity and economic planners often herald the sector and its importance for the region. Regionally, the South West is home to the second highest employment in this sector, after London and South East. And annual engagement with the arts is consistently above the national average.
But the sector is fragile and severely under-resourced; schools and local councils have been forced to sacrifice arts programmes in light of repeated cuts to their funding. Such vocational employment can be immensely satisfying but it is often precarious and poorly paid.
This cultural manifesto challenges assumptions about the arts sector and proposes a number of ideas that would enhance these vital industries.