The Solidaridad Obrera Union has called a “strike at the National Institute of Performing Arts (Inaem) due to the conflict that it has maintained since last July with the Platform of Technicians and Techniques affected by the EPO 2018 ”, according to a statement that the SER has had access to. The call, which is also available on social networks, announces that A first strike will be held, to which all Inaem workers are summoned, on September 23, from six thirty in the afternoon to nine thirty at night.
The strike will coincide with the first performance in Madrid, after passing through the Mérida and Almagro festivals, of the play Antonio and Cleopatra at the Teatro de la Comedia, headquarters of the National Classical Theater Company, a montage directed by José Carlos Plaza and performed by Lluís Homar and Ana Belén. The stoppages will also affect the functions of The bar that swallowed up all the Spaniards and NEVERMORE, both in the National Dramatic Centerl. More work stoppages are planned “that will coincide with premieres in national theaters,” explains to SER Rocío Gil, a member of the platform.
The conflict originates after a public job offer published by the government on July 31 in which 57 positions for theater technical personnel were summoned. Places that many stage technical professionals cannot choose because they are required to have a higher FP qualification. Many of the technical professionals who work in theaters have studied in schools or academies specialized in these trades, but whose degrees are not equivalent to a higher vocational training degree.
The matter, however, is not recent and comes from afar, specifically since 2019, when the IV Sole Agreement was signed, in which those requirements were established to adjust to the Bologna Plan. The agreement was endorsed by the unions UGT, CSIF and CC.OO. A moratorium or transition period was then approved for machinery, tailoring, props and production technicians, a moratorium that it continues to demand a higher VET, which is why many professionals continue to be left out.
In this public employment offer, a set designer is required to obtain the FP title of Fallas artist; to a councilor, the title of Audiovisual Production and to a lighting technician, the Degree of Superior Technician in Lighting. These are professionals who do not have a specific higher degree of FP, which includes these trades, and the Ministry of Public Function opted for something that was minimally close. Although to the technicians, obviously, that distance seems much greater than to the ministry.
The truth is that there is no FP degree in Performing Arts, nor can this type of public employment be accessed from the training provided by the Center for Show Technology or the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona.
The platform that brings together technicians from national theaters claims “A moratorium that allows us access public employment under the same conditions that we had in the previous agreement, that is, with the Baccalaureate, until a regulation of the sector is solved and specific qualifications are created for our trades ”, explains to SER Rocío Gil.