It was announced on January 14 that due to economic activities in the cultural field, in the face of the crisis brought about by the social pandemic, “society generally supports and owes all independent workers.”
The government said today that most of the special social support for professionals in the industry in April was paid last week, but according to the worker’s representative structure, this only started on Wednesday.
“April to provide special support payments to artists, writers, technicians and other cultural professionals [no valor de 438,81 euros, correspondente a um Indexante dos Apoios Sociais (IAS)] In most cases, it was completed last week.The remaining payment will be paid this week and is expected to be completed in 2016 [sexta-feira]”The Ministry of Culture said in its reply to the Lusa Agency today.
However, according to the structure of the worker representatives, they did not receive information from professionals in various industries until Wednesday night, and the payment has already been processed.
Ruy Malheiro of the Ministry of Cooperative Operations thinks this is a “March repetition”: “Payments should be made at the end of the month, and payments should start from yesterday. [quarta-feira] He said this refers to what happened to the first such support, which should be paid at the end of March and only in April.
Amarílis Felizes, president of the Plateia-Performing Arts Professionals Association, did not realize that someone had received support last week. He warned that it was “a payment related to the suspension in January, February and March, January”.
He emphasized: “Some professionals have only recently received their first support.”
For Rui Galveias, the head of the union of the Audiovisual and Musicians Union (Cena-STE), eyewear workers, payment delays indicate that “there are still difficulties in the development of this process” and that “it is too slow.” [um processo] So few people [beneficiários do apoio]”.
He said: “We will always avoid the problem of insufficient funding from the Ministry of Culture and will not have a fundamental intervention in the works of art in one of the most unstable regions of the art industry in Portugal.”
However, on March 27, Graça Fonseca’s office announced that before that, in March alone, it had received 5,151 special support requests.
This extraordinary social support was declared “universal and should be attributed to all independent workers” on January 14, while the cultural sector also carried out economic activities in response to the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
Initially it was paid in installments in March, but it was eventually extended to May. The minister asked the minister to comply with the three rules of the specific application deadline for professionals: sign up for finance, activities have been registered in the Ministry of Culture and become self-employed in 2020.
In the process, several worker representatives revealed that time should be taken into consideration when assigning work, and that the department’s emergency and work stoppage during the confinement period should be taken into consideration, and dozens of requests were deemed invalid due to errors in the database.
The guardian admitted in April that errors will be corrected and some requests deemed invalid will be re-evaluated.
As the application deadline was May to Friday, some workers still did not receive the support requested in March, which led to more than 100 complaints from the Ombudsman.