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ILO | Child Labour Convention achieves universal ratification

First pub­lished on the ILO website

For the first time in the ILO’s his­to­ry, an International Labour Convention has been rat­i­fied by all Member States.

Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour  achieved uni­ver­sal rat­i­fi­ca­tion, fol­low­ing rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the Kingdom of Tonga.

Ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuivakano, for­mal­ly deposit­ed the rat­i­fi­ca­tion instru­ments with ILO Director-​General, Guy Ryder on 4 August 2020.

The Convention is the most rapid­ly rat­i­fied Convention in the his­to­ry of the Organization, since its adop­tion 21 years ago by the International Labour Conference.
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ILO | COVID-​19 and the media and culture sector

ILO brief on covid-19 and the media and culture sector

This ILO brief high­lights the impact of COVID-​19 on the media and cul­ture sec­tor, hit hard by unem­ploy­ment and closed productions.

It analy­ses how the sector’s diver­si­ty in terms of con­tract types and occu­pa­tions cre­ates chal­lenges in access­ing social pro­tec­tion, safe­ty and health, and eco­nom­ic relief programmes.

The brief also offers pol­i­cy options, draw­ing from coun­tries’ exam­ples and ini­tia­tives from work­ers’ and employ­ers’ orga­ni­za­tions, to mit­i­gate the eco­nom­ic impact of the pan­dem­ic on the sector.

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Handbook on trade union organising

Handbook on union organising

This Handbook on Trade Union Organising is the out­come of a joint project by FIM, FIA, EURO-​MEI and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The project, enti­tled “Reaching the Full Potential of Social Dialogue for Atypical Workers” focused on the chal­lenge of union rep­re­sen­ta­tion of work­ers in the Media, Arts and Entertainment sec­tor, who are free­lance, self-​employed or oth­er­wise atyp­i­cal workers.

The project was fund­ed via the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs bud­get line for Information and Training Measures for Workers’ Organisations.
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Orchestras | FIM Recommendations for a safe return to work

Empty concert hall Download the FIM Recommendations in PDF

I. Preamble

1. The covid-​19 out­break has led gov­ern­ments to close all live per­for­mance venues and pro­hib­it open-​air con­certs as soon as their coun­tries were hit by the pan­dem­ic. Three months lat­er, these mea­sures have brought the music sec­tor to its knees. Where finan­cial sup­port has been made avail­able for musi­cians, orches­tras or ensem­bles, it is gen­er­al­ly lim­it­ed in size, scope and dura­tion. In many cas­es, musi­cians are not eli­gi­ble to any support.

2. There is a com­mon desire of musi­cians, employ­ers and audi­ences to re-​open con­cert halls as soon as pos­si­ble, to allow the artis­tic activ­i­ty to resume.
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Fair Internet coalition meets with Commissioner Gabriel

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel Press release I BRUSSELS, 9 June 2020

Exchanging with Commissioner Gabriel today, AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO shared with her what they con­sid­er the European Commission’s key pri­or­i­ties should be in order to strength­en per­form­ers’ pro­tec­tion and enable them to envis­age ful­fill­ing pro­fes­sion­al careers.

AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO wel­come that the European Commission recog­nised the impact of the COVID-​19 pan­dem­ic on the cul­tur­al and cre­ative sec­tor in its recent EU recov­ery plan. In this regard, it is absolute­ly essen­tial that the EU can pro­vide per­form­ers with appro­pri­ate short- and mid-​term sup­port, finan­cial and otherwise.
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The Beijing Treaty: what consequences for musicians?

FIM delegation of Beijing Diplomatic Conference

As a result of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion, on 28 January 2020, by Indonesia of the Treaty on intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty rights of per­form­ers over their audio­vi­su­al per­for­mances, the Beijing Treaty, also known as the WAPT, offi­cial­ly came into force on 28 April last, that is to say, eight long years after being adopt­ed. Indonesia is the thir­ti­eth sate to have deposit­ed an instru­ment of rat­i­fi­ca­tion with WIPO.

Subject to rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the Member States, this treaty guar­an­tees per­form­ers an inalien­able and unas­sign­a­ble moral right as well as five types of exclu­sive eco­nom­ic rights grant­ed to ben­e­fi­cia­ries for their per­for­mances fixed in an audio­vi­su­al fix­a­tion: rights of repro­duc­tion, dis­tri­b­u­tion, rental, mak­ing avail­able, broad­cast­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to the public.
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Daren Tang (Singapore) appointed as WIPO Director General

Daren Tang, SCCR Chair

Photo: Emmanuel Berrod | Copyright: WIPO

On May 8th, 2020, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appoint­ed by con­sen­sus Mr Daren Tang as the Organisation’s next Director-​General, with Mr Tang’s six-​year term begin­ning on October 1st, 2020.

He will suc­ceed Mr Francis Gurry, who has served as Director-​General since October 1st, 2008.

Mr Tang cur­rent­ly is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He has also served as Chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for the past two and a half years.
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May Day message from FIM President and GS

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Dear Colleagues,

On this May Day, when we cel­e­brate all work­ers and their con­tri­bu­tion to soci­ety, we give our thanks to our col­leagues in our health and care ser­vices and to oth­er work­ers in all essen­tial services.

This is an extreme­ly dif­fi­cult time for musi­cians but we know that their unions around the world, are work­ing hard to pro­tect them and to ensure that we have a vibrant and ful­ly func­tion­ing live music indus­try when this pan­dem­ic is over. 

Musicians and their fam­i­lies must not become col­lat­er­al dam­age due to this crisis.

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