Ireland | Right to collective bargaining restored for freelancers

Oireachtas logoThe Irish Parliament restores the right of freelance workers to collective bargaining in an amendment to the Competition Act (on 31 May 2017)

On the evening of 31 May, the Irish Parliament adopted the Labour Party proposed Competition Amendment Bill 2016, which aims to introduce exemptions from competition law for certain self-employed workers.

Since a competition ruling was handed down thirteen years ago, agreements negotiated with artists unions on minimum tariffs have been considered as breaches of competition  law.

Musicians, journalists and voice over actors will be the first to take advantage of the reform

To avoid the competition law a union has to prove either that its members are false independent workers (in a subordinate relationship, obliged to follow instructions, do not share the same business risks as their contractors etc.) or are ‘fully dependent’ workers (deriving most of their income from a maximum of two sources), both notions which for the first time are being defined.
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ETUC initiates a process of reflection on new forms of employment

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ETUC has invited FIM and other sectoral federations to join a European project aimed at better defining the “new forms of employment” and “atypical jobs” that are booming across Europe. The notion of “new form of employment” is not in fact really appropriate since short-term employment, for multiple users or in the form of a “self-employed” working relationship has existed for a long time in numerous sectors, including that of the arts, performing arts and media. This is why FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI are associated with this this project.
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EU | Parliament wants a real European social pillar

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On 19 January 2017, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the European Social Pillar, calling on the European Commission to make proposals for designing a European pillar of social rights that goes beyond a simple declaration of principle and has a real impact on the lives of citizens. Parliament is urging the Commission to put an end to a double-standard system which only leads it to enact vague principles in favour of a social Europe, whereas the measures it adopts in favour of competition and the free market are always concrete and coercive.
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EU | Consultation on a European pillar of social rights

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FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI have submitted a joint reply to the European Commission’s consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights (the consultation ended on 31 December 2016).

This contribution (in English), which includes elements of reply drafted by ETUC, also addresses in detail aspects that are specific to our sector, basing itself in particular on work carried out within the scope of the European project on atypical workers which was concluded in September 2016.
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EU | Fair Internet campaign event

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5 December 2016, Brussels | Performers call on European legislators to ensure fair treatment of performers in the digital world

Key representatives of the FAIR INTERNET campaign, which represent over 500,000 musicians, singers, actors and dancers in Europe, gathered on Dec. 5th for their yearly event in Brussels to take stock of the Commission’s draft Directive on Copyright with European Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament and Member States’ representatives.

The fair remuneration of performers from on-demand services (iTunes, Netflix, Spotify, …) was at the heart of the discussion with unanimous support from performers for the European Parliament and Member States to make key changes to the current draft Directive.
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Copyright | Disappointment for performers after the European Commission’s proposal

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On Thursday 14 September 2016, the European Commission issued its proposed directive on copyright in the Single Digital Market. This communication was on the same day that President Juncker was making his 2016 State of the Union Address.

Declarations made on this occasion by Commission representatives are not lacking in ambition, or even emphasis. Thus, we like to hear Jean-Claude Juncker when he states: “Artists and creators are own crown jewels. The creation of content is not a hobby. It is a profession.
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Europe | Atypical work in the arts, entertainment and media sector

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On 8 and 9 September 2016, the final conference took place in Brussels of the joint FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ project focusing on the future of work and atypical working in the arts, entertainment and media sector. It was held in the European Parliament and the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Besides representatives from the four organising federations, the conference welcomed European and national parliamentarians, representatives of the European Commission, the International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC) as well as jurists specialized in social law.
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Audiovisual | Study on the European labour market

EU AV study 2016

Commissioned and overseen by social partners of the European audiovisual sectorial social dialogue committee*, this study examines the state of the labour market and trends observed over the past years in ten European Union states (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). It is based on analytical and statistical documentary research, as well as interviews carried out over several months.

Study results show that technological changes –particularly the transition to digital- regulatory modifications, new forms of enterprises, the economic crisis and consequent austerity measures have brought about significant changes in the labour market with, at the end of the day, new opportunities, but also fresh difficulties.
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