Dominican musicians are busy creating a union which, in its rules, embodies good governance, transparency and gender equality.
FIM is providing technical support for this process through backing from Swedish unions Union To Union and SMF. In particular, this support has taken the form of a union training workshop, organised in Santo Domingo from 15 to 17 October 2019, run by Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary), Nathaly Ossa (FIM regional coordinator for Latin America) and John Acosta (President of AFM local 47). We are particularly grateful to John Acosta for his contribution to this workshop, and to his union.
For the occasion, ONAM had brought together an assembly made up of an equal proportion of men and women. After a reminder of the union history of the Dominican Republic by Carlos Enrique Arias, Vice-President of the CNTD Confederation (National Confederation of Dominican Workers), the meeting focused on the following issues:
— Status of the artist under Dominican law
— Trade union management and good governance
— Social dialogue, collective bargaining and protection of freelance workers
— Gender parity
— Copyright and collective management
— Prevention of occupational diseases
— Environmental protection and sustainable growth
— Lobbying and strategic watch
— Using membership database online (supplied by FIM).
Dominican musicians are busy creating a union which, in its rules, embodies good governance, transparency and gender equality
A list of concrete actions was adopted at the close of the workshop. A first monitoring meeting organised by ONAM took place on 23 October in the presence of 15 or so representatives. The minutes of which we have had knowledge mention a calendar for implementing priority initiatives, in particular, collective bargaining, gender equality and transparency.
We have agreed to review the situation at regular intervals with ONAM management and will remain at its disposal to offer technical support during this important time.