On 7 to 9 October 2015, the international federations FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI organised a new workshop focusing on issues of health and safety in the Bollywood industry within the scope of the triennial project backed by Union to Union.
Forty participants (technicians, actors, musicians) from the Federation of West India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI) took part in the workshop, in the presence of representatives from FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Union to Union.
While music streaming services are significantly on the increase and taking the place of traditional radio as a special channel of access to online music, more and more artists are openly speaking out to claim a fair share of revenues generated by the exploitation of their recordings on the Internet.
The Fair Internet campaign –of which FIM is one of the partners– is gaining ground at European level, and through it we hope to see European Union institutions taking performers’ legitimate expectations into account.
A regional WIPO meeting (‘Opportunities and Challenges in the Implementation of the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties’) took place in Singapore from 27 to 29 April 2015. FIA, FIM, the Spanish collecting society AISGE, IFPI and MPA (U.S.) were invited to present the position of rightholders with regard to the Beijing Treaty before forty representatives from twenty-five countries of the Asia-Pacific region (in particular China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra continues to offer precarious contracts, whilst a verdict is still awaited from the Industrial Relations Court about the wrong dismissal of 9 musicians in 2012 (including the chair, the co-chair and the previous chair of the Musicians’ Orchestra Committee, the concertmaster and a few other key leadership musicians).
On 26 and 27 November, a seminar of the IAEA alliance took place in Mumbai on the issue of “Decent and safe working conditions in Bollywood” within the framework of a multi-annual project backed by LO-TCO (Sweden).
The IAEA alliance’s programme of activities for the audiovisual sector in India started on the 25 and 26 March 2013, with a seminar in Mumbai which brought together a dozen or so unions representing different sector professions.
Coordinated on site by Mr. Opender Chanana, the programme is backed by LO-TCO (Sweden), which is also FIM’s partner for capacity-building activities of musicians’ unions in Africa and Latin America.
Since a national capacity-building workshop was held in November 2011, organised by FIM with the backing of PPL and BMU, MFI (Indian member of FIM) has been increasing initiatives in the area of union training.
After a day dedicated to the issue of protecting musicians’ rights in March 2012, with the support of Mr Arunkumar Drare, Director of the Indian Institute of Workers Education, in December of the same year, MFI organised a 4-day training session aimed at highlighting the role and importance of trade unions in the music sector.