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At the press conference, the artists asked to increase their additional exhibition to 6400. Master actor Tamer Levent said: “The definition of the profession has been made, but the definition of reasonable personality rights has not been made. Artists should be equated with those doing the same work at TRT, not with engineers.”

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The artists requested arrangements for their additional exhibitions at a press conference they held at a venue next to the Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul.

Yavuz Demirkaya, head of the Cultural Workers’ Union (KÜLTÜR EMEK-SEN), called for the improvement of the personal rights of the artists of the State Opera and Ballet, the State Theater and the State Symphony Orchestra, which are affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Emphasizing that there is a regulation in the Civil Service Act that the same titles benefit from the same indicators and remuneration in each institution, Demirkaya said: “While the additional indicator for the artist title in TRT is 6400, the additional indicator in my art institutions is members of the ministry are 3600. Today, an artist receives 9,000 TL less than the salary of the store manager and 5,000 TL for the technical staff. The personal and property rights of our artists should be designed in such a way that they are at least equivalent to the personal and property rights of the TRT artists.

“PERSONAL RIGHTS DEFINED”

Former director general of the State Theaters, master actor Tamer Levent said: “The definition of the profession has been made, but the definition of appropriate personality rights has not been made. Artists should not be equated with engineers, but with those doing the same work on TRT,” he said.

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“THE HALL IS IN WORLD STANDARDS BUT…”

Özay Günay, one of the master artists of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, said, “This is such a precious building, the Ataturk Cultural Center… A world-class hall is being built. So why shouldn’t we at least have the same precedent as the TRT artists, and why not have an additional indicator?

“WE HAVE WORKED FOR 40 YEARS”

Cem Şenler, a retired artist from the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet, said: “We have worked at AKM for 40 years. If efforts were made to increase us to 6400 additional indicators like the artists on TRT, there would be nothing to prevent the artists’ personal rights from being corrected.”

At the press conference, the cultural workers’ union listed their demands as follows:

⁃ The job titles of the State Opera and Ballet, State Theater and Orchestra artists must be included in the law, the job titles of our artists and technicians must be included with their own names within their professional groups!

⁃ The titles in Civil Service Law No. 657 benefit from the same additional indicators and allowances in each institution. For example; CEO, department head, architect, engineer etc. While the additional indicator for the title of the artist in the TRT institution is 6400, the additional indicator in our art institutions is 3600.

⁃ The personal and property rights of our artists should be regulated by changing the additional identifiers in such a way that they are at least equivalent to the personal and property rights of the TRT artists!

⁃ Personal and financial rights of art technicians working in art institutions should be regulated as TRT precedent.

⁃ For these posts with the retirement of artists and technical staff retired by additional indexes; By hiring people with above-average success in the regular examinations and the 4/a – 4/b cadre separation between these artists and the art-technical staff, the way to the provision of the necessary employment should be paved as soon as possible, which have the same training and the practice the same profession should be eliminated. Equal pay for equal work between institutions should be guaranteed as soon as possible.

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