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.
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.
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.