This morning the Red Alert movement has become Black alert to symbolize the death of the sector of the technicians of the spectacle and the events. They have done it in 19 Spanish cities, one of them Alicante, where professionals from this group have gathered in the Plaza de la Montañeta “” because of the agony that the sector suffers due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic , after the demonstrations of last September.
Paco Lop, lighting designer and spokesperson for Mute and Red Alert Alicante has stated that the mobilization reflects “the death of the sector, of events and of culture, due to the inaction of all public administrations “.
He has also assured that the negotiations were concluded “with a very good spirit and good words from representatives of some ministries”, except that of Social Security “who did not deign to assist us.” In his opinion, the results “are only royal decrees, like the last one, on 32/2020, which only reaches 10% of technical and auxiliary workers, and we find it difficult to resolve the situation.”
Lop has made reference to the statements that the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, has made this morning on television, in which he stated that he does not yet know “when we will have events with people” and that as long as the vaccine is not effective “we will continue without working.” For this reason, “we have a very dark future, we are in mourning and we have no hope.
The statement sent by Red Alert reflects that “it has been more than 9 months since the pandemic that devastates the whole world exploded fully on our lives and our livelihood. More than 9 months living in an agonizing survival race that is endangering the way of life of hundreds of thousands of families in the Events and Entertainment Sector, throughout the value chain. ”
Red Alert recalled that since the beginning of the pandemic, it has been demanding that public administrations recognize the sector “as particularly affected and in special vulnerability“According to the note. In addition, during that time they have requested the application of concrete and extraordinary measures, until the activity can be recovered.” The activity that has been paralyzed, limited and restricted since last March leads to a collapse due to the uncertainty of the evolution of the pandemic, and with the only certainty that it will be the last to recover. ”
Due to this “situation of abandonment, helplessness and neglect” in all territorial areas, the Red Alert has called to go out on the streets again “to continue giving visibility to the dramatic situation that the women are suffering. 800,000 families who live from the sector “.
Ivan Espada, spokesperson for Red Alert, has explained to Europa Press that since the beginning of the pandemic until September the losses of live music amount to more than 600 million euros and the Music Federation in Spain, Es Música, has recalculated its economic forecasts and estimates losses of 1,265 million euros within one year.
Espada described the current situation in the music sector as “drama”, recalling that a third of technical professionals have lost their jobs and “it is likely that they will not get it back.” “There is a professional undercapitalization in the technical segment, with 32% of professional losses that are practically irrecoverable,” he lamented.
For Espada, “the only thing that has changed” has been the application of the last Royal Decree, which established 432 euros for three months to employed workers who have not had access to any other subsidy. According to Red Alert calculations, this affected 10% of the sector and “very few professionals” have been able to access aid.
“The achievement of this ridiculous and insufficient Royal Decree is that they finally realize that it needs specific measures because it is specific. But we need to homogenize the criteria of each community in the most urgent way, because there is a regulatory shaker”, he concluded, warning that in recent months “little progress has been made.”
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