Kenya | Social dialogue and gender equality

Kenya Workshop 2017Kenyan union KeMU is devising a road map for concrete initiatives in the field of social dialogue and gender equality

With KeMU, FIM organised a national workshop (Nairobi, 3-6 July 2017) within the scope of the union training programme backed by Union to Union. Mainly focusing on the implementation of pilot collective agreements including provisions for gender equality, the workshop featured a contribution from an expert in collective bargaining from BMU (United Kingdom).

As in Senegal, concluding pilot collective agreements in the music sector is a core concern for KeMU, which is aiming to limit the casualisation of employment conditions and remuneration of musicians, in a widely informal sector.
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Senegal | Towards collective agreements in the music sector

Senegal workshop (March 2017)

With AMS, FIM organised a national workshop (Dakar, 21-24 March 2017) within the framework of the union training programme backed by Union to Union. Mainly devoted to pilot collective agreements, including provisions for gender equality, the workshop featured contribution from an expert in collective bargaining at SNAM (France).

The meeting opened with a speech from the Director of the Minister of Culture’s cabinet, in presence of the Director of UNESCO’s Dakar bureau, a representative of ACTRAV and the Chairwoman of the SODAV Board of Directors (the Senegalese organisation in charge of collective management of copyright and related rights).
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Audiovisual | Study on the European labour market

EU AV study 2016

Commissioned and overseen by social partners of the European audiovisual sectorial social dialogue committee*, this study examines the state of the labour market and trends observed over the past years in ten European Union states (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). It is based on analytical and statistical documentary research, as well as interviews carried out over several months.

Study results show that technological changes –particularly the transition to digital- regulatory modifications, new forms of enterprises, the economic crisis and consequent austerity measures have brought about significant changes in the labour market with, at the end of the day, new opportunities, but also fresh difficulties.
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France | The employer of Belarusian musicians sentenced for not respecting the applicable collective agreement

Lac des cygnes | Minsk Bolchoi

In the spring of 2014, the FranceConcert company organised a six-week tour in France for a production of Swan Lake by the Orchestra and Bolshoi Opera Ballet of Minsk.

During the tour, musicians received their usual wages (€350 a month on average) as well as a cash allowance of €40 a day. They were subject to particularly difficult working conditions, performing up to 13 days consecutively without a single day of rest. At the same time, FranceConcert sold up to 5,000 places per concert at around €50 per unit.
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Europe | Unionizing atypical workers in the entertainment and media sectors

Atypical workers WS | Rome

The fourth and last workshop of the project on atypical workers on which FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ have worked together was held in Rome, on 7 and 8 April 2016, with the participation of ILO and ETUC representatives. It focused on means implemented by unions to organise representation of “atypical” workers who are on the increase in the entertainment and media sectors.

Among these workers, the youngest –often in a situation of precarious employment– are the most difficult when it comes to raising awareness, and this is worrying.
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EU | Third thematic workshop for the Creative Skills Europe project

Madrid workshop

In Madrid on 1 and 2 March 2016, social partners of the European audiovisual and performing arts sectorial dialogue committees held the third and final thematic workshop on skills and the job market.

The workshop brought together representatives from national skills councils from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, as well as social partners from southern European countries, in particular Spain, Italy and Portugal.

The first day focused on examining projects and studies concerning strategies for skill empowerment and answers to the specific needs of both sectors which are facing rapid and massive changes.
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Israel | Crisis at Rishon LeZion Symphony: agreement reached

Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

The management of the LeZion Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Musicians Union (IMU) have reached an agreement, thus putting an end to the financial crisis (see our article here).

According to this 1-year agreement, the musicians’ premiums for overtime will be reduced by 4% until the end of 2016, as a contribution to the reduction of the deficit.

In the meantime, the salary of the orchestra’s General Manager will be reduced by 15% in 2016. Maestro James Judd, has accepted to waive his salary as Musical Director during the same period.
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European Union | Atypical Workers

Ljubliana Workshop

The third workshop of the FIM / FIA / UNI-MEI / EFJ joint project on atypical workers was held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 26 and 27 January 2016. In particular, it addressed the issue of casualisation in the entertainment business and media in Europe.

The unanimous testimonies of participants confirm the observation that there has been increasing recourse in these sectors to non-salaried workers over the past years, even when there is a clear link of subordination, which, in principle, should imply employee status.
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