India | Health and Safety for Bollywood workers: progress

Opender Chanana

On 28 and 29 November 2016, the final conference took place on the FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI joint project on Health and Safety in the Bollywood film industry (a project backed by Union To Union).

In the presence of a government counsellor, a poignant documentary by Opender Chanana was shown, highlighting the particularly difficult working conditions for industry workers.

A few representatives of studios which were more sensitive than their peers to these issues attended the conference to outline their efforts to enhance safety and comfort for staff employed on their premises.
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India | Risk prevention in Bollywood

Stage on fire in Mumbai

On 27-29 June 2016, FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI organised a workshop mainly dedicated to risk prevention in the movie industry in Bollywood, within the scope of their joint project backed by Union to Union.

Participants (technicians, actors and musicians), from the Federation of cinema employees in western India (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI), described the environment as tense. On the one hand, accidents on film sets are occurring one after the other at an alarming rate.
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The Fair Internet campaign reaches Asia

Tokyo Conference

On 16 and 17 December 2015 in Tokyo, Japan hosted the 2nd FIM conference on online music, organised in collaboration with the Musicians’ Union of Japan MUJ and with the support of CPRA-Geidankyo.

Introduced by FIM President John Smith, MUJ President Takeshi Shinohara and MZTSZ President Lázsló Gyimesi, the conference opened on a keynote from Ambassador Seiichi Kondo. It was run by twenty or so speakers and moderators from various countries representing the music sector and the university world.
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India | Working conditions, health and safety for Bollywood workers

Mumbai workshop | October 2015

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.
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FIM-MUJ Conference on online music | Tokyo, 16-17 Dec. 2015

MUJ logo

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.
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Asia | WIPO regional meeting

WIPO regional meeting | Singapore

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).

As of the date of the meeting, China and Japan were the only two states in the region to have ratified the Beijing Treaty (Indonesia is concluding its ratification instrument).
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Malaysia | MPO in Kuala Lumpur recruits on precarious contracts

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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).

These dismissals occurred unexpectedly after a new management was suddenly dropped in, with an obvious intention to intimidate the other 75 into accepting cuts in contracts without any sort of negotiations.
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India | Health and safety for Bollywood workers

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).

Work in the seminar was based on the report by Lynn Galley (Australia), drafted after an assessment visit in July 2014 to various production sites. The report reveals that the level of exposure to risk for all professionals working in Mumbai’s movie industry is of particular concern.
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