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EAEA-​Pearle* press release re. EU recovery plans

EAEA-Pearle* logos

Brussels, 14 October 2020

European Social Partners of the Live Performance Sector call for a coor­di­nat­ed action plan to secure the recov­ery and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the European cul­tur­al sec­tor

PEARLE*- Live Performance Europe rep­re­sent­ing over 10 000 organ­i­sa­tions and the EAEA – European Arts and Entertainment Alliance, rep­re­sent­ing more than 150 unions, guilds, and asso­ci­a­tions and over 600 000 per­form­ers, tech­ni­cians and staff in the music, per­form­ing arts and live sec­tor – are call­ing on the EU insti­tu­tions and nation­al gov­ern­ments to adopt a coor­di­nat­ed approach includ­ing short-​term sup­port mea­sures and long-​term invest­ment to save the European cul­tur­al sec­tor amid a resur­gence of the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic across Europe.
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Opera Australia | International support for the MEAA campaign

No opera without us

Throughout the world, live enter­tain­ment is under­go­ing seri­ous con­straints, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment deci­sions tak­en in response to the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic. These con­straints have brought about a drop in resources and seri­ous dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion of pro­grammes, in par­tic­u­lar where sym­pho­ny orches­tras or operas are con­cerned.

In the face of such an unprece­dent­ed sit­u­a­tion, it is essen­tial for all stake­hold­ers to work togeth­er to come up with suit­able strate­gies, in order both to pro­tect jobs and the mis­sions of these insti­tu­tions, over the short, medi­um and long terms.
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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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EU | Gender equality and diversity in the AV sector

Handbook on gender equality and diversity in the AV sector Achieving gen­der equal­i­ty and pro­mot­ing diver­si­ty in the European audio­vi­su­al sec­tor
A Good Practice Handbook to learn more from the expe­ri­ences on the ground

The social part­ners of the EU Social Dialogue Committee in the Audiovisual sec­tor — com­mer­cial and pub­lic broad­cast­ers, pro­duc­ers, and trade unions rep­re­sent­ing jour­nal­ists, cast and crew, and oth­er audio­vi­su­al pro­fes­sion­als – have been coop­er­at­ing to pro­mote gen­der equal­i­ty in film, radio and tele­vi­sion for many years already.

After the adop­tion of a Framework of Actions in 2011, the social part­ners launched a joint map­ping exer­cise to col­lect infor­ma­tion on the state-​of-​play and to iden­ti­fy the actions still need­ed to keep push­ing for gen­der equal­i­ty and diver­si­ty in the European Audiovisual sec­tor.
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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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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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EU | “live performance” social dialogue celebrates its 20th year

Dave Webster, BMU (UK)

The European sec­toral social dia­logue com­mit­tee of the live per­for­mance sec­tor is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th anniver­sary in 2019. Pearle* invit­ed EAEA and the European Commission to cel­e­brate the occa­sion in Brussels’ Kai Theater on 9 October 2019, the day before the last meet­ing of the year.

The three union fed­er­a­tions and Pearle* (the four mem­bers of the com­mit­tee), as well as the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee remind­ed par­tic­i­pants of the work com­plet­ed since 1995 – the year of the first con­tacts between FISTEL and FISTAV (ances­tors of MEI), on the one hand, and Pearle* on the oth­er.
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EU | Conclusion of the “Creative Skills Europe” project

Creative Skills Euorpe logourope

The European Creative Skills Europe project, which was car­ried out between 2017 and 2019 with back­ing from the European Commission, has now been con­clud­ed. Various the­mat­ic work­shops on Education and Training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sec­tors issued five doc­u­ments ded­i­cat­ed to the fol­low­ing issues:
 — A Step Ahead – Training for Innovation;
 — A Safe Bet – Training and Workforce Development;
 — It is a New World – Training in and for the Digital Era;
 — Joining Forces – Funding our Training Needs;
 — Fruitful Co-​operations – Access to Training through Social Dialogue.
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