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FIM Vice President Roméo Dika in danger

Roméo Dika

Since he left the Presidential polit­i­cal par­ty, Cameroonian musi­cian Roméo Dika – also pres­i­dent of musi­cians union SYCAMU and FIM Vice President – has been the sub­ject of seri­ous intim­i­da­tion in his coun­try. Today, he fears for his safe­ty and that of his fam­i­ly.

As well as free­dom of expres­sion, free­dom of opin­ion is an essen­tial val­ue in Democracy. Like the entire trade union move­ment, FIM is deeply attached to the pro­tec­tion of this fun­da­men­tal free­dom and wish­es to express here its most pro­found con­cern.
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EU | Unionisation and collective bargaining for freelancers

Dublin conference on freelance workers

In Dublin, on 11 and 12 February 2020, FIM, FIA, UNI-​MEI and EFJ –with the sup­port of SIPTU– organ­ised the final con­fer­ence of the European project on union­i­sa­tion and col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for free­lance work­ers in the enter­tain­ment and media sec­tors.

Opened by a speech from Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), the con­fer­ence brought togeth­er over one hun­dred par­tic­i­pants from European Union coun­tries or can­di­dates to acces­sion. The debates includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from unions, the European Commission, the OECD, ILO, ETUC and gov­ern­ments, as well as uni­ver­si­ty aca­d­e­mics, researchers and lawyers spe­cial­is­ing in labour law.
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Egypt | Freedom of expression undermined once again

Mahraganat concert

President of the Egyptian Musicians’ Union Hany Shaker has once more made the head­lines by depriv­ing sev­er­al of his mem­bers of the right to per­form their art, judged to be incom­pat­i­ble with pub­lic morals.

In 2016, the same Shaker had already exclud­ed six women musi­cians accused of wear­ing inde­cent cloth­ing and per­form­ing las­civ­i­ous pos­es dur­ing their stage per­for­mances. This time, it is a style of music which has come under fire, a style that is increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar in the coun­try: the mahra­ganat, an elec­tric folk music which, to begin with, orig­i­nat­ed in the poor­est dis­tricts.
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Members of Korea’s National Opera Choir must be reinstated!

Korea National Opera Choir members protest

Korea’s National Opera Choir was dis­man­tled in 2009 by deci­sion of the con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ment of Lee Myung-​Bak, a deci­sion whose arbi­trary and unjus­ti­fied nature has since been brought to light.

Ten years after the event, cer­tain choir mem­bers are still fight­ing to be rein­stat­ed, but are com­ing up against ret­i­cences from the admin­is­tra­tion which car­ried out their dis­missal in 2009 and today fears hav­ing to rec­og­nize its past errors.

Korea’s National Opera Choir was found­ed in 2002 to pro­vide the insti­tu­tion with a choir to match its rep­u­ta­tion and ambi­tions.
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Europe | Unionizing so-​called “atypical” workers

Rotterdam forum on the unionisation of atypical workers

Forum on union­iza­tion of atyp­i­cal work­ers in the media and enter­tain­ment sec­tors (Rotterdam, 30 – 31 October 2018)

On 30 and 31 October 2018 in Rotterdam, FIM, FIA, UNI-​MEI and EFJ held a forum devot­ed to union­iza­tion of so-​called “atyp­i­cal” work­ers attend­ed by some fifty union rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Europe. The term “atyp­i­cal” is today in cur­rent use and refers to the work­ing rela­tion­ship of pro­fes­sion­als who, in our trades, are gen­er­al­ly called “free­lance”. The pre­car­i­ous­ness which char­ac­ter­izes these forms of work results in par­tic­u­lar from European rules in the field of com­pe­ti­tion law.
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EU | Rights of self-​employed workers

ETUC workshop | Amsterdam, Feb. 2018 A work­shop organ­ised by ETUC is con­sid­er­ing solu­tions for restric­tions imposed on self-​employed work­ers by nation­al com­pe­ti­tion author­i­ties

In Amsterdam, on 14 February 2018, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) organ­ised its third the­mat­ic work­shop on self-​employed work­ers, with the active help of EAEA. The meet­ing focused on self-​employed work­ers who, in a cer­tain num­ber of coun­tries, are deprived of the ben­e­fit of col­lec­tive agree­ments as a result of com­pe­ti­tion law.

The work­shop brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives of union con­fed­er­a­tions from all over Europe, jurists and spe­cial­ists from the International Labour Organization and the Council of Europe.
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France | CGT reacts to Labour reform

CGT state­ment


On 31 August, the French gov­ern­ment final­ly pub­lished decrees which alter labour law, for the sec­ond time in lit­tle over a year. Fewer rights for work­ers, more pow­er for employ­ers: that is, in a nut­shell, the con­tents of this new law.

This fur­ther social retrench­ment goes much fur­ther than the pre­vi­ous reform (so-​called “El-​Khomri Law”), although the El-​Khomri Law was explic­it­ly con­demned by the United Nations as con­trary to France’s inter­na­tion­al Commitments1 and against which a com­plaint has been lodged with the International Labour Organisation2.
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ETUC initiates a process of reflection on new forms of employment

ETUC logo

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, 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 project.
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