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Dominican Republic | National union training workshop

FIM workshop | Santo Domingo

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.

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