The right to be afforded sick and maternity leave would bring some dignity to those in the creative industry.
This is according to seasoned actress Florence Masebe in response to the proposed amendment of the Employment Act.
The Employment and Labour Department has urged stakeholders in the film and television industry to make input on the Basic Conditions of Employment Act notice.
The notice seeks to afford actors and crew members the same rights as other workers, including sick leave, minimum wage, maternity leave, and compensation claims for occupational accidents and diseases, among others.
Masebe says the proposal is a step in the right direction.
She says, “People talk about great workers’ rights regime in this country, but it really doesn’t see the creative worker as a worker. This proposed amendment by the minister is a good start. What I would really like to see is some form of unemployment insurance for creative spaces as well, so that an actor who has to leave set, can go and claim some money.”
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