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Recognition of COVID-​19 as an occupational disease

CGU logo 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.
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IAEA recommendations re. the management of the Covid-​19 crisis

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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.
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Covid-​19 | EAEA response to Pearle* Statement

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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.
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Covid-​19 | Response of musicians’ unions

Last updat­ed: 13 November 2020

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.

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H&S | Update on WHO “Make Listening Safe” initiative

MOS meeting (Geneva, Feb. 2020)

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.
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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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Dominican Republic | National union training workshop

FIM workshop | Santo Domingo

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).
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