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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. 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.

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