at 09 Apr 2020 17:05
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Neue Begründung: In this trying time for Italy, SLC-CGIL (the communication workers’ union), STRADE (the section devoted to translators), and the trade associations backing this petition are doing all they can to amplify the voice and ensure the visibility of the many atypical workers they represent, who are currently excluded from the income support measures in the “Cura Italia” decree.
These creative figures include writers, translators, illustrators, photographers, and cartoonists. Though they play a crucial role in the book industry and the cultural marketplace, they are a financially vulnerable group, plagued by low pay and constant collection problems. Many are not registered with the SIAE or other copyright collecting societies, and since they primarily earn their income from authors’ rights, they are shut out of the social security system. They’re an invisible multitude, numbering in the thousands.
And although culture will carry on its mission, it shouldn’t be forced to crawl.
With all bookshops shuttered (a crushing blow for the independent ones) and all fairs and live events cancelled, the whole publishing industry is on standby. The immediate effects are expected to be devastating. In a newsletter dated 24 March, the AIE (Associazione Italiana Editori – Italian Publishers Association) estimated that in 2020 there will be “18,600 fewer works published; 39.3 million fewer copies printed and packaged.” Moreover, a report from the AIE committee set up to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on the publishing sector, dated 30 March, predicts that the number of books translated this year will drop by 3,100 titles.
Remote working and e-commerce will not be enough to ensure real continuity or make up for the gap in the end market.
The Italian government must therefore rapidly expand its financial support measures to cover cultural creators and provide them with an adequate safety net.
Under article 27 of the recent Cura Italia decree, these professional figures do not qualify for one-off financial assistance because there is currently no way for them to be registered with social security. This is an incomprehensible oversight that we believe should be redressed by letting them apply for the reddito di emergenza and extending these emergency payments beyond the month of March.
The emergency fund for the performing arts, film, and audio-visual work (article 89 of the decree) should also be extended to cultural creators who work in publishing. Alternatively, a specific fund with a similar endowment (at least 130 million euros) should be set up for the publishing industry, while weighing the possibility of turning it into a structural fund. This idea also has the support of the leading publishers’ associations, AIE and ADEI.
SLC-CGIL, together with STRADE, AITI, ANITI and AI – Autori di Immagini, are asking the Italian government to make sure no one is left behind. Even in the cultural sector.
Translation by Johanna Bishop.
First signers include:
Massimo Arcangeli, linguist, author, critic
Stefano Arduini, Nida School of Translation Studies
Gabriella Armando, publisher
Davide Camarrone, author, journalist, director of Festival delle Letterature Migranti
Giulio Cavalli, author, actor
Giovanni De Mauro, editor of Internazionale
Fulvia Degl’Innocenti, author, president of Italian Children’s Writers Association
Jared Diamond, author
Hernan Diaz, author
Catherine Dunne, author
Angelo Ferracuti, author
Ernesto Ferrero, author, translator
Fabio Geda, author
Vera Gheno, author
Nicola Lagioia, author, journalist
Loredana Lipperini, journalist
Carlotta Natoli, actor
Giuseppe Patota, linguist at Accademia della Crusca
Roberto Piumini, author
Antonio Prete, author, translator
Christian Raimo, author
Livia Rocchi, author, ICWA board member
Isabella Salmoirago, author, ICWA board member
Sara Saorin and Francesca Segato, publishers
Chiara Segré, author, vice-president of ICWA
Evgenij Solonovich, translator
Flavio Soriga, author
David Szalay, author
Thomas Trabacchi, actor
Tiziana Triana, editorial director
Clara Usón, author
Giorgio Vasta, author, director of Book Pride
Rosa Ventrella, author
[cover photo by Eugenio Mazzone on Unsplash]
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