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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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Malawi | Cooperation between MUM and SMF is following its course

Lilongwe workshop of 23-25 October 2018 For some fif­teen years now, Swedish union SMF has been devel­op­ing a union train­ing course for its Malawi coun­ter­part, MUM.

FIM, the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF) and the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM) organ­ised a union train­ing work­shop in Lilongwe from 23 to 25 October 2018, with finan­cial back­ing from Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union.

Two issues were addressed at the same time:
1. Union organ­i­sa­tion and oper­a­tion. This part was run by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from SMF, the General Secretary of the Zimbabwean union ZIMU and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from union con­fed­er­a­tion MCTU, a part­ner of MUM.
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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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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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Senegal | AMS is changing everything for the music sector

Senegal workshop (May 2018)

In keep­ing with the meet­ing held in March 2017, FIM and AMS organ­ised a new work­shop in Dakar from 14 to 16 May 2018, with­in the scope of the region­al pro­gramme for union train­ing backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. On this occa­sion, vis­its to the Ministry of Labour, employ­ers and ILO helped define a coher­ent strat­e­gy towards con­clud­ing col­lec­tive agree­ments and mak­ing head­way along gen­der equal­i­ty lines.

The work­shop, which opened with a speech from the Minister of Culture, was also attend­ed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from UNESCO’s Dakar Office and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ILO-​ACTRAV.
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Indonesia | Creation of the first musicians’ union

FIM Jakarta workshop Nov. 2017

During a FIM nation­al work­shop co-​organized with PAPPRI, a col­lec­tive of Indonesian musi­cians under­took to form a union with­in the next six months

During a first nation­al work­shop held in Jakarta in June 2006, FIM met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­er­al nation­al per­former organ­i­sa­tions. With the help of FIM rep­re­sen­ta­tives, spe­cial­ists in inter­na­tion­al stan­dards in the labour field (ILO) and copy­right (WIPO), the meet­ing addressed the whole array of their con­cerns over three days and led to the con­clu­sion that only a union organ­i­sa­tion would have the abil­i­ty to see that the rights of this pro­fes­sion­al cat­e­go­ry were rec­og­nized, defend­ed and pro­mot­ed.
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Europe | EAEA’s reply to the Commission’s consultation

EAEA logo

EAEA has set out its pro­pos­als for effi­cient­ly imple­ment­ing the ini­tia­tive of the European Pillar of Social Rights, with par­tic­u­lar regard to atyp­i­cal work

On 3 November 2017, EAEA answered the two ques­tions posed by the European Commission in the sec­ond phase of con­sul­ta­tion of social part­ners on a pos­si­ble review of the “writ­ten state­ment” direc­tive (91/​553/​EEC), with­in the scope of its ini­tia­tive on a European Pillar of Social Rights.

The points raised by EAEA cor­re­spond to con­cerns also expressed by UNI-​Europa and ETUC regard­ing the need to pro­vide more seri­ous guar­an­tees for so-​called “atyp­i­cal” work­ers, includ­ing those who exer­cise their activ­i­ty in a non-​salaried con­text, not sub­ject to nation­al labour leg­is­la­tion.
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