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WHO | “Make Listening Safe” Initiative

OMS Safe listening conference The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organ­ised a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing on a new stan­dard aimed at reduc­ing risks linked to the use of devices for lis­ten­ing to music (audio play­ers and smart­phones). Held on the 13 and 14 February 2019 at WHO head­quar­ters in Geneva, the meet­ing brought togeth­er acousti­cians, engi­neers, researchers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of musi­cians’ and hearing-​impaired organisations.

WHO reminds us that 500 mil­lion peo­ple through­out the world cur­rent­ly suf­fer from deaf­ness, includ­ing 34 mil­lion chil­dren.
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Closing the “Creative Skills Europe” project in Göteborg

Göteborg | Final conference of Creative skills project The final con­fer­ence of the Creative Skills Europe project took place on 5 February 2019 in Göteborg (Sweden). It has opened the way to enhanced tech­ni­cal coop­er­a­tion between the var­i­ous nation­al skills coun­cils in the live per­for­mance and audio­vi­su­al sec­tors, but also at the lev­el of European social dialogue.

Participants sug­gest­ed future European ini­tia­tives aimed at meet­ing needs in skills. Exchanges addressed the fol­low­ing issues in particular:
– devel­op­ing e‑learning
– shar­ing con­tents to fos­ter and facil­i­tate skills devel­op­ment where free­lance work­ers are concerned
– cre­at­ing mech­a­nisms for bet­ter recog­ni­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills at the European level.
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Bogota | FIM Latin America Regional Workshop

Group photo of the Bogota regional seminar, Nov. 2018 The Declaration on Gender Equity in Musicians’ Unions, draft­ed by women union lead­ers on 1st November 2018 in Montevideo, was unan­i­mous­ly adopt­ed by Latin American union lead­ers in Bogota.

By Ananay Aguilar

On 27 – 29 November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop in Bogota in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
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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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Uruguay | FIM regional workshop on gender equality

Montevideo regional workshop on gender equality: group photo

By Ananay Aguilar

On 30th October – 1st November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in Montevideo in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. The local group, organ­ised by José Luis Azaretto of FUDEM and Gisselle Fernández of AUDEM, con­sist­ed of enthu­si­as­tic lead­ers drawn from the cap­i­tal and dif­fer­ent parts of the country.
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Kenya | The government must recognize KeMU as a union!

FIM workshop in Nairobi, Sept. 2018

The polit­i­cal cri­sis in the wake of the 2017 elec­tions in Kenya has cre­at­ed con­sid­er­able dif­fi­cul­ties for pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians whose engage­ments have seri­ous­ly dimin­ished, but also for nation­al union KeMU, whose activ­i­ties and projects have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly disrupted.

It was against this back­drop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organ­ised a nation­al work­shop in Nairobi (4−6 September 2018) with­in the scope of a union train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop focused on devel­op­ing and organ­is­ing the union as well as on gen­der equality.
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI continues structuring

FIM-SAMCI workshop, July 2018

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a nation­al train­ing work­shop in Abidjan, from 16 – 19 July 2018, as part of its region­al train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop ben­e­fit­ted from a part­ner­ship with region­al organ­i­sa­tion Arterial Network, whose head­quar­ters are in Abidjan.

The work­shop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s inter­nal organisation;
2. gen­der equality.

Since July 2017, SAMCI has been offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized as a pro­fes­sion­al union, has become a FIM mem­ber and held empow­er­ment meet­ings for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties of musi­cians, main­ly in the Abidjan region.
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