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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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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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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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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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EU | Rights of self-​employed workers

ETUC workshop | Amsterdam, Feb. 2018 A work­shop organ­ised by ETUC is con­sid­er­ing solu­tions for restric­tions imposed on self-​employed work­ers by nation­al com­pe­ti­tion author­i­ties

In Amsterdam, on 14 February 2018, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) organ­ised its third the­mat­ic work­shop on self-​employed work­ers, with the active help of EAEA. The meet­ing focused on self-​employed work­ers who, in a cer­tain num­ber of coun­tries, are deprived of the ben­e­fit of col­lec­tive agree­ments as a result of com­pe­ti­tion law.

The work­shop brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives of union con­fed­er­a­tions from all over Europe, jurists and spe­cial­ists from the International Labour Organization and the Council of Europe.
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Europe | EAEA’s reply to the Commission’s consultation

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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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European pillar of social rights | 2nd consultation round

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As announced in a pre­vi­ous arti­cle, on the 21 September 2017, the European Commission engaged the sec­ond round of con­sul­ta­tions of social part­ners on a pos­si­ble review of Directive 91/​533/​CEE (regard­ing the oblig­a­tion to inform work­ers on employ­ment con­di­tions), with­in the scope of imple­ment­ing the European Pillar of social rights. This doc­u­ment is acces­si­ble here.

As the Commission notes, “there is a grow­ing chal­lenge to define and apply appro­pri­ate rights for many work­ers in new and non-​standard forms of employ­ment rela­tion­ships.
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Will the EU ensure social protection for the self-​employed?

ETUC meeting | Paris

With the active col­lab­o­ra­tion of EAEA, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is pur­su­ing its project ded­i­cat­ed to self-​employed work­ers. Within the scope of this project, a work­shop focus­ing on the social pro­tec­tion issue was organ­ised in Paris on 6 – 7 September 2017.

Choosing the moment when peo­ple are return­ing to work in 2017 to hold this work­shop owes noth­ing to chance. The European Commission has just com­plet­ed a first round of con­sul­ta­tion on the oppor­tu­ni­ty of review­ing the 91/​533/​CEE direc­tive (relat­ing to the writ­ten state­ment) and the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a leg­isla­tive ini­tia­tive aimed at guar­an­tee­ing work­ers equal access to social pro­tec­tion, regard­less of their work­ing rela­tion­ship.
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