Measures for the betterment of the labor market position of non-standard working regimes in the cultural and creative sector in the Netherlands

Walter van Andel, Ellen Loots*

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Abstract

This article reflects on possible effects on income and earning capacity of creative workers of three measures that were recently introduced or that are being discussed to combat the vulnerability of non-standard working conditions in the cultural and creative sector in the Netherlands: the Balanced Labor Market Act, the Fair Practice Code for Culture, and a call for certain unified agreements, for instance in the form of minimum tariffs for self-employed workers. Each of these measures separately has its merits and the intention to improve working conditions. Therefore, the power lies in their joint introduction, which combines general legislation with a moral benchmark and subsector-specific solutions. However, in this combination several unintended consequences loom, such as the possible separation between professional and amateur creative workers, a higher threshold for talent to enter the sector, threats to artistic and aesthetic innovation, and the prioritization of fairness over equality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-445
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2021

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