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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 | 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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Bogota | FIM Latin America Regional Workshop

Group photo of the Bogota regional seminar, Nov. 2018 The Declaration on Gender Equity in Musicians’ Unions, draft­ed by women union lead­ers on 1st November 2018 in Montevideo, was unan­i­mous­ly adopt­ed by Latin American union lead­ers in Bogota.

By Ananay Aguilar

On 27 – 29 November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop in Bogota in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
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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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Costa Rica | FIM-​UTM National Workshop

FIM workshop in San José, Costa Rica

By Ananay Aguilar

On 10 – 12 July 2018, FIM held a nation­al work­shop in San José, Costa Rica, spon­sored by Union To Union and backed by SMF. The event sought to sup­port the Costa Rican trade union of music work­ers (UTM) on cur­rent pri­or­i­ty areas such as
– The imple­men­ta­tion at nation­al lev­el of UNESCO’s Recommendation con­cern­ing the sta­tus of the artist;
– The pro­mo­tion of gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor;
– The right to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing /​to strike /​to health and safe­ty;
– The recog­ni­tion of free­lance musi­cians as work­ers;
– The mon­eti­sa­tion of works and per­for­mances in the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment, and
– Copyright and relat­ed rights in inter­na­tion­al treaties /​in nation­al 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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