Archives for May 2016

Housing Rally Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May

The housing situation in Dublin and around the country is at crises levels where we now have over 2,600 adults, including 790 families and over 1600 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin alone. This means moving from hostel to hostel or hotel room to hotel room with their children often on a daily basis. 74 families have become homeless in Dublin in April this year alone. There is no human dignity in this colleagues, this is a human rights issue and a trade union issue. Perhaps many of you can see the parallels to the conditions that existed for many citizens 100 years ago in 1916.

Our union is involved with the National Homeless and Housing Coalition which is also supported by a range of organisations, political parties and other unions.Together we a rallying outside the Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May to march to the GPO to demand action on this issue.

Be part of the solution and give an hour of your time if you can.

SIPTU and Irish Equity support call for dedicated government department for the arts

Irish Equity and SIPTU have endorsed a statement issued by the National Campaign for the Arts which calls on the Government to create a Department dedicated to the arts, culture and heritage.

The call follows the announcement by the Government that it intends to place the arts along with rural affairs and regional development in a new Department.
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Irish Equity calls on the Government to commission an independent study on the living and working conditions of artists

Despite the precariousness of working as an artist in Ireland, when asked in a recent survey if they would again choose to work as artists ‘if they were starting over’, an overwhelming majority (i.e. 82%) of Irish artists said yes, with just 6% saying no and 12% unsure. A key reason for this for many artists was the fact that many felt drawn to arts as a ‘vocation’ and that their work provided career and personal fulfilment.

When asked about the factors that had held back their career development as artists, the most cited factor was the lack of financial returns. This was followed by a lack of work opportunities, a lack of time for creative work, a lack of access to funding and other financial supports. A third set of factors revolved around their ability to ‘supply’ arts works, including a desire for more or better space or equipment, more time and more networks of artists.

Working as a professional artist constitutes a difficult and uncertain way to make a living. Despite relatively high levels of education, work patterns are volatile and many artists report leading stressful lives in which they found it hard to obtain or maintain a good work-life balance, and in which periods of unemployment are common. Income levels are low relative to other workers and many report difficulty in making ends meet. The fact that both work and income could be volatile created uncertainty and made planning difficult.

In order to acquire an updated picture of the reality of life for Ireland’s artists including performers and creators of art as we emerge from the economic crisis, it is vital that we develop an accurate study that will provide the information necessary to build a road map for a better future for Artists in Ireland.

Working as an actor in Ireland – the facts

factsActing work does not generally correspond to what is usually considered ‘typical’ work, with much of it seasonal, short-term and contract based, or not based on any contract at all.

Actors spend just under two-thirds of their working time working in their profession with the remainder divided between other work or unemployment. Almost half of the time that actors spend working as actors is spent in either unpaid or speculative work with about one-third reporting not normally having written employment contracts. Just two in five professional actors spend all of their time working as actors, often or always working more than 55 hours a week.

Empirical evidence estimates that the average income of professional actors from their work as actors is under €15,000, with half earning €8,000 or less and very few have pension provision.

Just because you are on TV or in Film does not mean that you know where your next pay cheque is coming from. The fact is that majority of actors live a stressful and uncertain life regardless of what is portrayed in the print media.

Sign the petition

To: Minister Heather Humphreys

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.CLICK HERE