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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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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Europe | Unionizing atypical workers in the entertainment and media sectors

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The fourth and last workshop of the project on atypical workers on which FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ have worked together was held in Rome, on 7 and 8 April 2016, with the participation of ILO and ETUC representatives. It focused on means implemented by unions to organise representation of “atypical” workers who are on the increase in the entertainment and media sectors.

Among these workers, the youngest –often in a situation of precarious employment– are the most difficult when it comes to raising awareness, and this is worrying.
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Cameroon | The complaint lodged by FIM and SYCAMU at ILO has made the government give way

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Via order of 12 February 2016, the Cameroon government raised the suspension order on SYCAMU. This order was the subject of the complaint lodged jointly by SYCAMU and FIM to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.

The decision intervened very quickly after the government received notification from ILO of the complaint against it, a complaint it judged sufficiently relevant and serious not to go any further down the road.

The decision of the Cameroon government is a relief for FIM and SYCAMU, which can now resume its activities serving the country’s music artists.
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ILO | Workers’ Group Statement on Human and Trade Union Rights in Egypt

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On 4 February 2016 the lifeless body of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian PhD student from Cambridge University, was found in Cairo. Giulio’s death was announced ten days after his disappearance in mysterious circumstances. His body was covered in cuts, bruises and scars, proof that he was a victim of torture.

Giulio Regeni was researching social development in Egypt, focusing in particular on different forms of freedom of expression and association, workers’ rights and the conditions under which independent organisations in the country operated.
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FIM condemns the decision of the Egyptian Musicians Union’s President to suspend 6 singers

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The fight for the right to freedom of expression is inherent to the labour movement history. The Declaration of Philadelphia, adopted at the 26th session of the ILO on 10 May 1944 and referred to in Article 1 of the ILO Constitution, states that “[…] Freedom of expression and of association are essential to sustained progress […]”.

ILO Convention 87 on “Freedom of association and the right to organise”, one of the most important ILO conventions for the recognition of workers’ fundamental rights, includes a reference to this statement in its preamble.
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Egypt | Union president Hani Shaker suspends six singers from performing

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Hani Shaker, controversial president of the Egyptian Musicians Union, has issued a decision to suspend six singers from their right to work as artists based on their behaviour during performances, reported Al Arabya News.

Shaker stated that their behaviour was not in line with public morals as they wore “body revealing clothes” and acted “racy” and “sexually suggestive” on stage, including dancing while singing, to “deliberately stir instincts and desires”.

Shaker stated that their behaviour was not in line with public morals

The suspended singers were Karima Gamal Ahmed, Nema Adel known as “Shahd”, Nahed Adel known as “Lamis”, Yasmin Yusri known as “Farah”, Dalia Yusef known as “Sandy”, and Fatma Jaber known as “Fifi”.
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