Africa | Regional Conference to enhance empowerment of musicians’ unions

FIM regional con. | Entebbe 2016

Entebbe, 5-8 December 2016

With the backing of Swedish organisations SMF and Union to Union, FIM organised a regional conference with the Ugandan Musicians’ Union (UMU) to enhance empowerment of musicians’ unions. The conference was attended by representatives from fifteen African countries.

The respective projects of FIM and SMF were presented and assessed for the period from 2013-16. Tangible results were measured in all countries covered by these projects: Togo, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
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CITES | CoP17 hears the requests of the music community

Alfonso Pollard & Thomas Dayan attending CITES CoP17

Known by its acronym CITES, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of animals and wild plants does not jeopardise the survival of the species in question.

The 17th conference of parties to CITES (CoP17) was held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, to adopt the orientations seen as necessary to ensure efficient implementation of the convention’s aims. Over 2,500 people representing party states and NGOs in the private sector and associations met for the occasion in South Africa’s economic capital.
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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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Uruguay | International support for the SODRE Symphony Orchestra


The SODRE Symphony Orchestra is Uruguay’s national orchestra. Founded in 1931, it is Latin America’s oldest orchestra. A bastion of national culture, it has also become an essential benchmark for the whole of the Latin American region. It has been directed by celebrities such as Erich Kleiber, Ottorino Respighi or Igor Stravinsky, to mention just the most iconic.

Unfortunately, political leaders have set out on a path to gradually eliminate permanent positions in favour of precarious ones with short-term contracts. Currently, the orchestra has only 52 positions left for stable jobs, 47 positions being covered by precarious ones.
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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.
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Workshop for Uganda and Kenya (20-23 July 2015)

Kampala workshop | July 2015From 20-23 July 2015, FIM organised a bi-national union-training workshop in Kampala (Uganda).

Backed by Sweden’s Union To Union, the workshop was coordinated with UMU and KEMU unions, Ugandan and Kenyan FIM members and was assisted by Beat Santschi (FIM’s Vice-President) whose Swiss union USDAM has a twinning agreement with UMU. It addressed issues such as union management and organisation, gender equality and related rights.

Since the previous workshop in 2010, UMU and KEMU have made significant improvements to their way of operating.
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Sweden | LO TCO grows into “Union to Union”

Union To Union

SACO, the Swedish confederation of professional associations (22 affiliated associations and 650 000 members), has joined LO and TCO in their work in favour of democracy, fair distribution of resources, sustainable development, human rights at work and development of trade unions worldwide.

On 7 May 2015, Union to Union has thus officially replaced LO TCO Biståndsnämnd.

After eight consecutive years of support from LO TCO to its projects in Africa and Latin America, FIM salutes this major step forward taken by LO, SACO and TCO and will be pleased to maintain and develop its co-operation with ‘Union to Union’, together with its Swedish member SMF.
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End of the Rome Opera House conflict

On the 25 November 2014, during a full session, Rome Opera House staff approved by 97% the agreement signed two days earlier between theatre management and unions which cancels the decision at the beginning of October to dismiss the institution’s 182 musicians and choir members.

This agreement is first of all the result of the work and commitment of Italian unions and musicians which must be applauded here. It also owes a lot to intense international mobilisation which took the opera house administration and the political decision-makers concerned by surprise, in the face of the unanimous disapproval of the music world.
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