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. The dialogue which began at that time has since intensified continuously. The European Commission has, moreover, qualified the committee as “exemplary”, judging the quality of the work to be one of the most efficient.
Focusing on the challenges linked to mobility, FIM’s message was conveyed by Dave Webster, representing the British Musicians’ Union (BMU): an important speech against the backdrop of Brexit, which may prevent UK employers and unions from continuing their work on the committee alongside their European counterparts.
During the plenary-session meeting the following day, EAEA and Pearle* adopted their working programme for 2020 and 2021. They signed a joint declaration recalling the sector’s commitments in favour of implementing collective bargaining throughout Europe.
To mark their attachment to European social dialogue, the Director of Culture and Creativity (DG for Education & Culture), Mr Tamas Szucs, and the Director-General of the DG for Employment and Social Affairs, Mr Joost Korte, addressed social partners. Mr Szucs announced that his departments were going to undertake a European study on the working conditions of performers. For his part, Mr Korte gave an overview of the main dossiers of which he was in charge. He recognized that the issue of the perimeter of labour law and the interaction between labour law and competition law was far from being resolved. Its commissioner, Mr Schmid, and the competition commissioner, Mrs Vestager, have to work together to evaluate the options which will make it possible to improve the current situation.