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PCP wants support of 658 euros per month for Culture workers – ZAP

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José Sena Goulão / Lusa

The general secretary of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), Jerónimo de Sousa

The PCP takes to the vote on Thursday, in the Parliament, a bill to reinforce the aid to the workers of the culture affected by the crisis caused by the covid-19, as an extraordinary support of 658,21 euros monthly.

“It is essential that Culture has an answer for yesterday”, communist deputy Ana Mesquita told Lusa, stressing that “it is really necessary that these supports can be made available to the Culture sector” because the destruction of the country’s artistic fabric is “underway.

“We are losing people, losing structures, losing responsiveness,” he added.

To the single support in the amount of a Social Support Index (IAS), that is, 438.81 euros, paid only once, proposed by the Government, the PCP advances with the alternative of paying 658,21 euros (1.5 times the IAS) monthly to professionals in this sector affected by the epidemic that forced the cancellation of shows almost a year ago.

What the communists propose, according to Ana Mesquita, is that “all workers in the area of ​​Culture should be covered by the Portuguese classification of economic activities, the CAE, or by an IRS code from the Culture sector, to access this support” .

“There are many workers who are registered with this code and who have not accessed any support and, therefore, are outside,” he argued.

The PCP project proposes that extraordinary support should be “monthly as long as exceptional and temporary measures remain in force response to the epidemic ”, which can be“ accumulated with other support and social benefits ”.

In view of the difficulties in accessing this type of aid, Ana Mesquita criticized that the Government “excluded [dos apoios] those workers who are registered with the main activity as other service providers and in culture ”and therefore propose that they be considered.

Questioned by Lusa, the communist deputy said it was difficult to know how many people could be covered by these measures, but said expect that “there is common sense for what is happening ”by the government party, the PS, to make communist proposals viable.

The communists’ project will be discussed on Thursday, in the Assembly of the Republic, along with proposals from BE, PAN and non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues (ex-PAN) also in support of the artistic sector.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,408,243 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 109 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 15,522 people died from 788,561 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

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