Streaming: help us change the game!

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Whilst music streaming businesses develop at a quick pace, performers are still not rewarded fairly — if at all — when their performances are exploited online.

Together with three other international organisations (AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA and IAO), FIM is involved in the Fair Internet campaign, which is asking for the introduction in EU law of a fair and equitable remuneration to be paid to performers every time their performances are used online.

This campaign needs your support. Here is what you are requested to do
 — Sign the campaign petition and share it on social networks.
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Demise of Takeshi Shinohara

Takeshi Shinohara

Takeshi Shinohara passed away on 14 October 2017. Long-​time President of the Japanese Union MUJ, he was its representative at FIM from 2010 to 2017.

Photo: Takeshi in front of the Harpa Congress Centre in Reykjavik, when he attended FIM’s 21st Congress in June 2016 (photo Evelin Lackner)

Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi Shinohara studied the flute from 1959. After beginning at the NHK in 1966, he continued with his studies at the Tokyo University of Arts from 1967 to 1970, before pursuing his career as a chamber and studio musician and gave his first recitals in 1979 and 1980.
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European pillar of social rights | 2nd consultation round

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As announced in a previous article, on the 21 September 2017, the European Commission engaged the second round of consultations of social partners on a possible review of Directive 91/​533/​CEE (regarding the obligation to inform workers on employment conditions), within the scope of implementing the European Pillar of social rights. This document is accessible here.

As the Commission notes, “there is a growing challenge to define and apply appropriate rights for many workers in new and non-​standard forms of employment relationships.
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Will the EU ensure social protection for the self-​employed?

ETUC meeting | Paris

With the active collaboration of EAEA, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is pursuing its project dedicated to self-​employed workers. Within the scope of this project, a workshop focusing on the social protection issue was organised in Paris on 6 – 7 September 2017.

Choosing the moment when people are returning to work in 2017 to hold this workshop owes nothing to chance. The European Commission has just completed a first round of consultation on the opportunity of reviewing the 91/​533/​CEE directive (relating to the written statement) and the possibility of a legislative initiative aimed at guaranteeing workers equal access to social protection, regardless of their working relationship.
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France | CGT reacts to Labour reform

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On 31 August, the French government finally published decrees which alter labour law, for the second time in little over a year. Less rights for workers, more power for employers: that is, in a nutshell, the contents of this new law.

This further social retrenchment goes much further than the previous reform (so-​called “El-​Khomri Law”), although the El-​Khomri Law was explicitly condemned by the United Nations as contrary to France’s international Commitments1 and against which a complaint has been lodged with the International Labour Organisation2.
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Ivory Coast | The projects of Musicians’ Union SAMCI

SAMCI workshop 2017

With the Ivory Coast Musicians’ Union (SAMCI), FIM organised a national workshop for union training in Abidjan, from 18 – 21 July 2017, within the framework of its regional programme supported by Union to Union. Focusing on union organisation and action, as well as gender equality, the workshop was rounded off by a press release.

SAMCI is a recent organisation founded during its general assembly which took place in 2017. Facing significant political tensions, the country has a strong-​potential economy but one which produces deep inequalities.
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Kenya | Social dialogue and gender equality

Kenya Workshop 2017Kenyan union KeMU is devising a road map for concrete initiatives in the field of social dialogue and gender equality

With KeMU, FIM organised a national workshop (Nairobi, 3 – 6 July 2017) within the scope of the union training programme backed by Union to Union. Mainly focusing on the implementation of pilot collective agreements including provisions for gender equality, the workshop featured a contribution from an expert in collective bargaining from BMU (United Kingdom).

As in Senegal, concluding pilot collective agreements in the music sector is a core concern for KeMU, which is aiming to limit the casualisation of employment conditions and remuneration of musicians, in a widely informal sector.
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To the memory of my friend Abiadé Adéwusi

Abiadé Adewusi (Togo)Passed away on Saturday 1 July 2017, Abiadé Adewusi, President of SARIAC (Togo), played a key role in founding the FIM African group in 1997

By Roméo Dika, FIM Vice-​President

During the WIPO seminar organised in Lomé in 1997, helping train our new and inexperienced organisations in many fields which were of interest to corporation, Jean Vincent, then FIM General Secretary, proposed that African associative and union organisations belong to FIM.

While the other Africans turned away from this proposal, Abiadé Adewusi brought together Mamadou Barry and Ryad Challoub from Guinea, Ismael Lo from Senegal, Valen Guédé from the Ivory Coast and myself for Cameroon in a restaurant.
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UNESCO | 6th Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention

Unesco CoP 6States which were Party to the 2005 Convention on Cultural Diversity adopt operational guidelines in the digital environment

From 12 to 15 June 2017, UNESCO hosted the 6th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Paris. When assessing the conference, there are both positive and negative points.

Among the positive aspects, we can note the importance given to civil society organisations (NGOs) which organised their own forum on 12 June and are now recognized by the Secretariat and Member States as essential partners for implementing the Convention.
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