About thirty intermittents of the show spent the night from Monday 8 to Tuesday 9 March in a theater in Pau “In support of our Parisian colleagues” who occupy the Odeon, also asking for financial aid, according to the demonstrators and the town hall.
Musicians, actors or technicians, members of the local ESPO union affiliated to CGT-Culture, ask “An outright withdrawal from the unemployment insurance reform”, a “Extension of the white year” and “Means to guarantee social rights”, according to Cendrine Crebassa, a spokesperson, to AFP.
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The intermittents, coming from Bayonne, Pau or Tarbes, were to hold a general assembly in the afternoon to decide on the continuation of the occupation of this theater, “The Plural Spaces”, dance-theater-circus approved stage.
“Everything is going very well, the atmosphere is good-natured”, assured Jean Lacoste, cultural assistant.
Their concerns “relayed”
The intermittents had been received in town hall before their movement of occupation, he said. “We understand that they are worried about their situation” and their concerns “Were relayed by [le maire Modem de Pau] François Bayrou to the highest authorities of the State ”, he added.
The Odéon theater has been occupied since last Thursday by cultural actors who demand a reopening of cultural places and financial aid. They are demanding in particular the extension until August 2022 of the “The white year” introduced in May 2020 which extends the duration of compensation for all intermittents until August 31, 2021.
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Questioned at the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot affirmed that the government supported “Fiercely these artists, technicians and room managers”. “We are in the process of adapting aid mechanisms so that our artists can get through the crisis”, she assured, evoking a mission on the system of intermittence. A meeting with the trade unions will take place in Matignon on Thursday with the Prime Minister, she added.