In the context of the Covid-19 crisis and its devastating effect on the media and entertainment industry, FIA, FIM and UNI MEI held a series of online webinars focusing on post-Covid-19 return to work safety protocols.
The Covid-19 crisis has ripped through our industry. Since the beginning of the crisis, cinemas, theatres and live shows of all sorts and sizes have been cancelled, undermining the livelihood of performers and other entertainment workers. As lockdowns and confinement measures are gradually eased around the world, the challenge for the trade unions in the media and entertainment industry is to build a safe path to a “new normal” and to ensure that production protocols are adapted to prevent unnecessary risks at the workplace.
With its partners from the Fair Internet coalition, FIM has been working relentlessly and continuously for four years now to promote performers’ interests with members of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council.
Our priority aim was to introduce a remuneration mechanism enabling all performers to receive a fair share of the revenue generated online by the exploitation of their recordings, including after the transfer of their exclusive rights.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organised a consultative meeting on a new standard aimed at reducing risks linked to the use of devices for listening to music (audio players and smartphones). Held on the 13 and 14 February 2019 at WHO headquarters in Geneva, the meeting brought together acousticians, engineers, researchers and representatives of musicians’ and hearing-impaired organisations.
WHO reminds us that 500 million people throughout the world currently suffer from deafness, including 34 million children.
The final conference of the Creative Skills Europe project took place on 5 February 2019 in Göteborg (Sweden). It has opened the way to enhanced technical cooperation between the various national skills councils in the performing arts and audiovisual sectors, but also at the level of European social dialogue.
Participants suggested future European initiatives aimed at meeting needs in skills. Exchanges addressed the following issues in particular:
– developing e-learning
– sharing contents to foster and facilitate skills development where freelance workers are concerned
– creating mechanisms for better recognition of qualifications and skills at the European level.
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.
For some fifteen years now, Swedish union SMF has been developing a union training course for its Malawi counterpart, MUM.
FIM, the Swedish Musicians’ Union (SMF) and the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM) organised a union training workshop in Lilongwe from 23 to 25 October 2018, with financial backing from Swedish confederation Union to Union.
Two issues were addressed at the same time:
1. Union organisation and operation. This part was run by representatives from SMF, the General Secretary of the Zimbabwean union ZIMU and a representative from union confederation MCTU, a partner of MUM.
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.
On 30th October – 1st November 2018, FIM held a regional workshop on gender equality in Montevideo 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, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. The local group, organised by José Luis Azaretto of FUDEM and Gisselle Fernández of AUDEM, consisted of enthusiastic leaders drawn from the capital and different parts of the country.
The political crisis in the wake of the 2017 elections in Kenya has created considerable difficulties for professional musicians whose engagements have seriously diminished, but also for national union KeMU, whose activities and projects have been significantly disrupted.
It was against this backdrop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organised a national workshop in Nairobi (4–6 September 2018) within the scope of a union training programme backed by Union to Union. The workshop focused on developing and organising the union as well as on gender equality.