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FIM Vice President Roméo Dika in danger

Roméo Dika

Since he left the Presidential polit­i­cal par­ty, Cameroonian musi­cian Roméo Dika – also pres­i­dent of musi­cians union SYCAMU and FIM Vice President – has been the sub­ject of seri­ous intim­i­da­tion in his coun­try. Today, he fears for his safe­ty and that of his fam­i­ly.

As well as free­dom of expres­sion, free­dom of opin­ion is an essen­tial val­ue in Democracy. Like the entire trade union move­ment, FIM is deeply attached to the pro­tec­tion of this fun­da­men­tal free­dom and wish­es to express here its most pro­found con­cern.
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI rounds off its training cycle

SAMCI workshop attendance

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a third nation­al work­shop in Abidjan from 17 to 20 June 2019, with­in the scope of a 3‑year union train­ing cycle backed by Union to Union. Opened and closed by “diva” Aicha Koné, the work­shop was divid­ed up into three parts:
1. Internal organ­i­sa­tion;
2. Intellectual prop­er­ty rights and col­lec­tive man­age­ment;
3. Gender equal­i­ty, in part­ner­ship with LeadAfricaines, a spe­cial­ized Abidjan-​based NGO.

SAMCI has made sev­er­al changes over the past year.
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Senegal | AMS engaged in structuring the music sector

For the third year run­ning, FIM and AMS organ­ised a skills empow­er­ment work­shop, from 26 to 29 March 2019 in Dakar, with­in the scope of the train­ing pro­gramme backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union.

Representatives from FIM and SNAM (France) played the role of facil­i­ta­tors. After three days of group work­shops, a meet­ing with ACTRAV and UNESCO was held on the morn­ing of the 29th to study the pos­si­bil­i­ty of being sup­port­ed in col­lec­tive agree­ments. Finally, a meet­ing took place with the General Secretary of the Confédération Syndicale Autonome du Sénégal (CSA) with a view to future coop­er­a­tion with AMS.
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Malawi | Cooperation between MUM and SMF is following its course

Lilongwe workshop of 23-25 October 2018 For some fif­teen years now, Swedish union SMF has been devel­op­ing a union train­ing course for its Malawi coun­ter­part, MUM.

FIM, the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF) and the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM) organ­ised a union train­ing work­shop in Lilongwe from 23 to 25 October 2018, with finan­cial back­ing from Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union.

Two issues were addressed at the same time:
1. Union organ­i­sa­tion and oper­a­tion. This part was run by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SMF, the General Secretary of the Zimbabwean union ZIMU and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from union con­fed­er­a­tion MCTU, a part­ner of MUM.
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Kenya | The government must recognize KeMU as a union!

FIM workshop in Nairobi, Sept. 2018

The polit­i­cal cri­sis in the wake of the 2017 elec­tions in Kenya has cre­at­ed con­sid­er­able dif­fi­cul­ties for pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians whose engage­ments have seri­ous­ly dimin­ished, but also for nation­al union KeMU, whose activ­i­ties and projects have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly dis­rupt­ed.

It was against this back­drop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organ­ised a nation­al work­shop in Nairobi (4−6 September 2018) with­in the scope of a union train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop focused on devel­op­ing and organ­is­ing the union as well as on gen­der equal­i­ty.
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI continues structuring

FIM-SAMCI workshop, July 2018

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a nation­al train­ing work­shop in Abidjan, from 16 – 19 July 2018, as part of its region­al train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop ben­e­fit­ted from a part­ner­ship with region­al organ­i­sa­tion Arterial Network, whose head­quar­ters are in Abidjan.

The work­shop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s inter­nal organ­i­sa­tion;
2. gen­der equal­i­ty.

Since July 2017, SAMCI has been offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized as a pro­fes­sion­al union, has become a FIM mem­ber and held empow­er­ment meet­ings for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties of musi­cians, main­ly in the Abidjan region.
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Senegal | AMS is changing everything for the music sector

Senegal workshop (May 2018)

In keep­ing with the meet­ing held in March 2017, FIM and AMS organ­ised a new work­shop in Dakar from 14 to 16 May 2018, with­in the scope of the region­al pro­gramme for union train­ing backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. On this occa­sion, vis­its to the Ministry of Labour, employ­ers and ILO helped define a coher­ent strat­e­gy towards con­clud­ing col­lec­tive agree­ments and mak­ing head­way along gen­der equal­i­ty lines.

The work­shop, which opened with a speech from the Minister of Culture, was also attend­ed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from UNESCO’s Dakar Office and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ILO-​ACTRAV.
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Africa | Sub-​regional workshop on gender equality

FIM workshop - Tanzania

This FIM meet­ing focus­ing on gen­der equal­i­ty brought togeth­er union rep­re­sen­ta­tives from eleven English-​speaking African coun­tries

From 20 to 22 November 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, FIM and the Tanzanian Urban Musicians’ Association (TUMA) organ­ised an exchange and train­ing work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor, which had finan­cial back­ing from Union to Union. This was the sec­ond African meet­ing after a first work­shop in Dakar in January 2016. The meet­ing took place in the pres­ence and with the active sup­port of Union to Union and SMF rep­re­sen­ta­tives.
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