After a week of negotiations at the International Labour Organization (ILO), unions, employers and governments have agreed to a set of conclusions that recognize and seek to redress the long hours, low pay, lack of social protection and inequalities that are creating ‘decent work deficits’ in the arts and entertainment industries.
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.
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.
FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organised a national training workshop in Abidjan, from 16–19 July 2018, as part of its regional training programme backed by Union to Union. The workshop benefitted from a partnership with regional organisation Arterial Network, whose headquarters are in Abidjan.
The workshop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s internal organisation;
2. gender equality.
Since July 2017, SAMCI has been officially recognized as a professional union, has become a FIM member and held empowerment meetings for various communities of musicians, mainly in the Abidjan region.