28 April 2020 | Council of Global Unions Statement on Recognition of COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease
On the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020, the global trade union movement calls upon governments and occupational health and safety bodies around the world to recognise SARS-CoV‑2 as an occupational hazard, and COVID-19 as an occupational disease.
With a third of the population around the world currently living under various forms of lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, millions of workers, including those in health and social care, emergency services, agriculture, food and retail, transport, education, infrastructure and construction work and other public services (see annex), continue to work hard to keep society functioning. Read full post
The speed with which the covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world has led many governments to place exceptional constraints on their populations, to try and limit its propagation.
The initial measures aimed primarily at limiting large gatherings, including concerts, shows and other cultural events. Shortly after, venues receiving the general public were closed. These measures caused an immediate collapse of income in the Arts and Entertainment sector. Having been profoundly impacted from the outset of this historic crisis, the whole of the sector is now at a standstill. Read full post
In the second week of March, EAEA invited its social partner, the European Live Performance Management Association (Pearle*), to endorse a statement on Covid-19, calling on governments to adopt emergency measures to support the sustainability of the live performance sector. The statement was jointly adopted by EAEA and Pearle* and published on March 12th.
A week later, Pearle* issued a parallel statement (available here), also on behalf of the ‘Live Performance Sector’ but without any prior consultation with EAEA. Read full post
You will find hereafter national reports by musicians’ unions on the situation in their respective countries re. the Covid-19 crisis, its consequences on the music sector and the response that they have developed in support of musicians whose jobs and revenues are impacted by this crisis.
FIM took part in a new consultative meeting jointly organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) within the Make Listening Safe initiative. Underway for some years now, this initiative is pursuing the following three aims: — Drawing up and implementing a world WHO-ITU standard aimed at reducing risks linked to the use of music listening devices (audio players and smartphones); — Undertaking a campaign aimed at the general public to modify patterns of listening behaviour; — Developing a regulatory framework for controlling recreational sound exposure. Read full post
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. Read full post
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. Read full post
Dominican musicians are busy creating a union which, in its rules, embodies good governance, transparency and gender equality.
FIM is providing technical support for this process through backing from Swedish unions Union To Union and SMF. In particular, this support has taken the form of a union training workshop, organised in Santo Domingo from 15 to 17 October 2019, run by Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary), Nathaly Ossa (FIM regional coordinator for Latin America) and John Acosta (President of AFM local 47). Read full post