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Costa Rica | FIM‐​UTM National Workshop

FIM workshop in San José, Costa Rica

By Ananay Aguilar

On 10 – 12 July 2018, FIM held a nation­al work­shop in San José, Costa Rica, spon­sored by Union To Union and backed by SMF. The event sought to sup­port the Costa Rican trade union of music work­ers (UTM) on cur­rent pri­or­i­ty areas such as
– The imple­men­ta­tion at nation­al lev­el of UNESCO’s Recommendation con­cern­ing the sta­tus of the artist;
– The pro­mo­tion of gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor;
– The right to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing /​to strike /​to health and safe­ty;
– The recog­ni­tion of free­lance musi­cians as work­ers;
– The mon­eti­sa­tion of works and per­for­mances in the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment, and
– Copyright and relat­ed rights in inter­na­tion­al treaties /​in nation­al law.
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Spain | Conference on musicians’ professional ailments

Health Conference | Alzira

1st Spanish Congress on Musicians Professional Ailments, organ­ised by AMPOS, AEOS and TECMA Arte | Alzira (Valencia), Spain, 11 – 12 March 2017


11 March
– Dr Joaquín Nieto Sainz | Director for Spain, ILO
– Dr Montserrat García Gómez | Head of Labour Health, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.
Towards a recog­ni­tion of the musi­cians’ pro­fes­sion­al ail­ments?
– Dr Manuel Alberto Mendoza Sariego | Medical coor­di­na­tor, TECMA clin­ic.
Raising aware­ness about the impor­tance of Medicine for the Arts amongst pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion, med­ical pro­fes­sion­als and pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians.
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India | Health and Safety for Bollywood workers: progress

Opender Chanana

On 28 and 29 November 2016, the final con­fer­ence took place on the FIM, FIA and UNI‐​MEI joint project on Health and Safety in the Bollywood film indus­try (a project backed by Union To Union).

In the pres­ence of a gov­ern­ment coun­sel­lor, a poignant doc­u­men­tary by Opender Chanana was shown, high­light­ing the par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult work­ing con­di­tions for indus­try work­ers.

A few rep­re­sen­ta­tives of stu­dios which were more sen­si­tive than their peers to these issues attend­ed the con­fer­ence to out­line their efforts to enhance safe­ty and com­fort for staff employed on their premis­es.
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India | Risk prevention in Bollywood

Stage on fire in Mumbai

On 27 – 29 June 2016, FIM, FIA and UNI‐​MEI organ­ised a work­shop main­ly ded­i­cat­ed to risk pre­ven­tion in the movie indus­try in Bollywood, with­in the scope of their joint project backed by Union to Union.

Participants (tech­ni­cians, actors and musi­cians), from the Federation of cin­e­ma employ­ees in west­ern India (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI), described the envi­ron­ment as tense. On the one hand, acci­dents on film sets are occur­ring one after the oth­er at an alarm­ing rate.
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OIRA: Free tool for risk assessment in the live performance sector

OIRA Final Conference

In Athens on 15 and 16 June 2016, European social part­ners from the live per­for­mance sec­tor and the European Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU‐​OSHA) organ­ised a final con­fer­ence pre­sent­ing two inter­ac­tive risk assess­ment tools (OIRA), intend­ed respec­tive­ly for live per­for­mance venues and pro­duc­tions.

The con­fer­ence was aimed at rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the live per­for­mance sec­tor from a con­sid­er­able num­ber of UE mem­ber states. After a series of debates on the risks to which sec­tor pro­fes­sion­als are exposed and mech­a­nisms for pre­ven­tion, the online tools were pre­sent­ed in detail so that each par­tic­i­pant could under­stand how they worked.
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OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector

OiRA tools for the live performance sector

Workplaces in the live per­for­mance sec­tor are chal­lenged by very diverse health and safe­ty risks. These stem from a broad range of activ­i­ties such as stage per­for­mances, chem­i­cal sub­stances used in spe­cial effects, the pres­ence of an audi­ence and envi­ron­men­tal aspects such as light­ing and tem­per­a­ture.

Specific risk assess­ment strate­gies are vital to pre­vent acci­dents and ill‐​health in the sec­tor. The OiRA tools are devel­oped to sup­port small enter­pris­es in bet­ter deal­ing with these chal­lenges.

The EU social part­ners from the Live Performance sec­tor: the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance (EAEA, com­posed of FIM, FIA and UNI MEI) and Pearle* have released a video on their Online inter­ac­tive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools.
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India | Working conditions, health and safety for Bollywood workers

Mumbai workshop | October 2015

On 7 to 9 October 2015, the inter­na­tion­al fed­er­a­tions FIM, FIA and UNI‐​MEI organ­ised a new work­shop focus­ing on issues of health and safe­ty in the Bollywood indus­try with­in the scope of the tri­en­ni­al project backed by Union to Union.

Forty par­tic­i­pants (tech­ni­cians, actors, musi­cians) from the Federation of West India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI) took part in the work­shop, in the pres­ence of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from FIM, FIA, UNI‐​MEI and Union to Union. FWICE is still engaged in nego­ti­a­tions with sec­tor employ­ers to renew the Memorandum of Understanding which has reached its term.
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Online interactive Risk Assessment tools in the performing arts sector


In Brussels, on 17 September 2015, European social part­ners in the per­form­ing arts sec­tor and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU‐​OSHA) offi­cial­ly pre­sent­ed two new inter­ac­tive risk assess­ment tools aimed respec­tive­ly at places and pro­duc­tions of shows.

These tools take into account the diver­si­ty of ele­ments to be con­sid­ered when analysing risks. This is a com­plex task since the per­form­ing arts sec­tor cov­ers a host of fields, includ­ing music, the­atre, dance, cir­cus arts and oth­er forms of artis­tic expres­sion.
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