No Work Permit, No work! say’s
All Stars Agency Promotions
Legal Performing Artists Hold Meeting with
TRNC Labour Authorities
By Ken Hibbitt
Manager of All Stars Agency Promotions (ASAP)
Over the past weeks there have been conflicting comments made in the Stephen Day column in Cyprus Today about non legal entertainers being able to perform publicly at bars and restaurants etc in the TRNC and we have had submitted and had published a statement which sets out the correct facts. To read this statement, please click here
So important is this information that we have asked cyprusscene.com to publish the following advice and statement for other readers and a wider audience to view. The readers of this article can read a copy of an article published in Cyprus Star which confirms the TRNC Ministry of Labour position on this important subject on 5th October 2012 click here.
Readers are also asked to refer to the North Cyprus British Residents’ Society web page to see what they say about work permits by clicking here.
Legal Performing Artists Hold Meeting with TRNC Labour Authorities
On Tuesday 5th May representative artists along with All Stars Agency Promotions management visited the authorities to present their case with regard to illegal artists operating in the TRNC.
Since the TRNC Government introduced a new law enabling artists to register and to work legally via an accredited Artist Agency, many artists have taken advantage of this and have registered through the All Stars Agency Promotions (ASAP).
They expressed concern that whilst they were acting within the law and paying for work permits, taxes, sigorta, VAT etc illegal artists were flagrantly flaunting the law and in many cases were coming to TRNC from abroad, including the South side of the Island, draining the TRNC economy without paying their legal dues, and that as legal artists they expected action from the Authorities to protect them from this illegal activity.
Some artists pointed out that they had specifically come to the TRNC because of the availability of work permits, and thus being able to work without fear of arrest, fines and possible deportation. Moving to the TRNC has obviously incurred domestic upheaval and cost to these families.
They pointed out that if the authorities did not take action against illegal artists and the venues using them, then they were signaling to the market that this illegal activity was acceptable.
Given that Illegal artists, and the venues using them, each stand to be fined 8,500TL for each breach of the law, then both parties are taking a huge risk.
Cases have been quoted of non TRNC artists claiming to be legal because they pay tax. This is not possible. The law is clear in that a non TRNC artist can only perform with a valid work permit. If it were the case that an individual chose to pay tax, this would not negate the need for a work permit.
Other cases were quoted of artists claiming to be TRNC kimlik holders, and so entitled to work. However in some cases the kimlik has not been produced when requested. The authorities pointed out that even a T.C. national is working illegally unless they are registered, and paying tax and national insurance, and that they would be checking this when visiting venues.
Venues should protect themselves from unscrupulous illegal artists by asking to see (and preferably take a copy of) the foreign national work permit which will be in their passport, or a kimlik with their photograph.
The artists pointed out that it was particularly annoying to find media coverage and articles given over to illegal artists, often precluding coverage of legal artists, and that this was further evidence of how little regard illegal artists and venues were paying to the law.
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