Tunisia/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.6 Labour laws

Within this perspective, culture sector has not a specific labor system as labor laws are applied to all sectors regardless the professions. On 29th April 1964, a decision was issued by the State secretary of Cultural Affairs and Guidance concerning the conditions for the grant of the professional license to cinema professionals and conditions for its withdrawal, and included a job classification for film industry workers and professionals; it was reviewed in 5th April 1983. Some culture sector professions require professional license, such as dramatic arts (Decree 89-397 issued on 15/03/1989), music and dance (Law No. 32-69, issued on 9/05/1969). Professional licenses (cards) are issued by a specialized Committee in the Ministry of Culture, and renewed every five years. Most occupations in the culture sector are liberal professions, such as script writers, musicians, authors, singers, actors, filmmakers, producers, painters, sculptors, dancers, and photographers and mainly exercise through services contract.

The latest decision in working conditions of artists was issued in 2008 concerning the establishment of ‘ creator’s license’ that allows creators who are civil servants to benefit from paid leave for up to 6 months and devoted to artistic and cultural production (renewable upon delivery of the product).

Chapter published: 05-05-2015