Newsletter April 2018

Dear friends,

Since the adoption of the Declaration on sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the entertainment and media industries at the FIA Executive Meeting in Zagreb in October 2017, FIA has convened an international working group to regularly update the Federation on recent activities in relation to combatting sexual harassment. Today, I am pleased to present a new section and dedicated resource page on the FIA website where we will share the inspiring examples gathered among our unions that develop strategies and tools towards zero-tolerance and harassment-free work environments.

Next up I invite you to read two important stories about the WIPO Beijing Treaty. The first one will tell you all you need to know about how to take part in the World IP Day celebration on April 26 as we continue our efforts to call for the ratification of the Treaty. Without this Treaty, performers will continue to suffer a great injustice; so let’s communicate our message loudly and clearly. We count on your participation and look forward to campaigning with you!

Our other articles offer an update on ongoing European projects for dancers and for atypical workers as well as information about reforms at the EU level (copyright reform, and the modernization of the media and broadcasting regulatory framework).

In solidarity,

Ferne Downey,
FIA President

LATEST NEWS

10.04.2018

Combatting Sexual Harassment: New FIA Resource Section

Since the FIA Executive Meeting in Zagreb and the Declaration adopted there in October of 2016, FIA has convened a broad international working group to regularly update the Federation on recent activities in relation to combatting sexual harassment, including national strategies, tools and policies that are being developed and put in place.

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08.03.2018

#IWD2018: FIA champions equality every day

Happy International Women’s Day 2018. There’s something in the air – it’s the powerful flutter of many wings all over the world. We are taking flight, making plans, investing in a future where women will not be sexually harassed, bullied and demeaned. Instead, we are working collaboratively as part of an unprecedented global movement focussed on the work before us – our fight for women’s rights, equality and justice.

 

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11.04.2018

Celebrating creative women and calling for the ratification of the WIPO Beijing Treaty on World IP Day

Every year, on April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity. The theme chosen for 2018 is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity”.
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09.04.2018

The WIPO Beijing Treaty: so near, and yet so far

 After more than 20 years of stubborn lobbying and campaigning, one might have expected the ratification of the unanimously adopted WIPO Beijing Treaty on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances would be easy peasy lemon squeezy. It took six years for the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty to enter into force and that treaty was far from consensual.
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04.04.2018

Third Seminar of the Dance Futures project, Madrid

The third seminar of our European project Dance Futures took place on the 20/21 of March, in Madrid, Spain. The European meeting was followed by a national meeting on the same issue. This project – Dance Futures: Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector – focusing on the dance sector addresses two issues: transition – whether it is caused by a personal choice, injury or the age – and mobility within the European boarders.
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11.04.2018

European Project: Reaching the Full Potential of Social Dialogue for All Workers

For several years, EuroFIA has been working intensively around the theme of labour market change and the shift to increasingly freelance, short-term, self-employed and otherwise so-called ‘atypical’ forms of work and the challenges that it creates for union work and representation. A first project on his topic was undertaken by FIA in 2015-2016, in partnership with FIM, UNI MEI and EFJ, funded by the European Commission under the social dialogue budget line
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09.04.2018

EU reforms: the clock is ticking!

Time is running alarmingly short and the pressure to complete several ambitious reforms in the EU is increasing exponentially. In 2019, a new Commission will be sworn in and post-Brexit elections may fundamentally change the current political ecosystem in the European Parliament. MEPs will soon be focusing more on their re-election that on getting things done in Brussels.

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10.04.2018

FIA Sends a Renewed Call for Collective Bargaining in Greek Theatre

In response to a request from Greek affiliate Hellenic Actors Union (HAU) in March 2018, FIA extended its full support to their fight to regain bargained minimum wages and decent working conditions in the Free Theatre in Greece. In its letter of support, FIA recalled that the right to organize and bargain collectively is one of the most fundamental for every worker. Performers are workers and deserve to be recognised as such and enjoy equal rights, even if the nature of their craft means that the work may be of a short-term or intermittent nature.