Organised by French minister of culture Aurélie Filippetti, the international conference gathered fifteen European ministers of culture, European commissioner Michel Barnier and European Parliament president Martin Schultz as well as numerous artists and other professionals of the cultural sector. On this occasion, trade union fédérations (FIA, FIM, UNI MEI and IFJ) issued a joint declaration to express grave concerns regarding cultural policies as they are currently implemented within the European Union.
European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on Live Performance adopts a joint motion in support of the unemployment insurance scheme for “intermittent” workers in live performance sector in France
On 17 March 2014 in Brussels,the European social partners in the Live Performance Sector adopted a motion of support to the unemployment insurance scheme for performing artists and technicians in France, thereby addressing French employer organisations’ (MEDEF and CGPME) will to bring this scheme to an end. The Full version of the adopted motion is available in French, English, German and Spanish.
Gender Equality is a fundamental right and key principle of the European Union. In October 2011, the European social partners in the audiovisual sector adopted a Framework of Actions (FoA) on Gender Equality in the sector and created a Leaflet in order to help promoting gender equality in the EU audiovisual sector. This leaflet is now available for download in English, French, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Swedish and German in both Screen and Print versions.
ILO Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Relationships in the Media and Culture Sector, May 14-15, 2014
The upcoming event will be hosted in Geneva by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in order to engage a tripartite consultation and coordination work between representatives of workers, employers and governments on the crucial issue of characterizing the employment relationship in the media and entertainment sector.
Authors’ and performers’ organisations welcome Castex report on Private Copying; Brussels, February 11, 2014
Authors’ and performers’ organisations congratulate Legal Affairs committee on forward-looking report that looks at how to sustainably modernise the implementation of the private copying levy system to cater for permanently evolving consumption patterns of copyrighted works and to ensure its efficient functioning within the single market.
FIA meets Asian governments at WIPO-SCAPR event and encourages early ratification of the WIPO Beijing Treaty - Singapore, 11-13 February 2014
At a meeting organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Societies Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights (SCAPR) held in Singapore from February 11 to 13, 2014, the International Federation of Actors urged governments from the region to lead the way and ratify the WIPO Beijing Treaty without undue delay.
How can audiovisual performers, and dubbing artists in particular, best protect their moral rights? A new FIA Handbook offers a broad overview of regulatory frameworks and practices from around the world and provides recommendations to respond to this crucial topic. It is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.
FIA, FIM, Uni-MEI and IFJ held a joint seminar on “Promoting Work-Life Balance in the Live Performance and Audiovisual Sectors” in Brussels on January 20th and 21st 2014. The event was the conclusion of a joint trade union project, funded by the European Commission, aimed at sharing experience, identifying difficulties and drawing on good practices in this field.
The EuroFIA group held its most recent meeting in Brussels, Belgium on November 14th and 15th 2013. European members met for one and half days to exchange on issues of common concern and recent developments at national and international level. One resolution was adopted and the group also resolved to hold its next meeting in Athens, Greece, in solidarity with the Hellenic Actors’ Union.
This one-day seminar aimed to bring together a range of experiences and expertise on the many issues affecting performers who are mobile. Guest speakers were invited to offer practical answers and approaches to the questions that arise in this context regarding social security and pensions, contractual practices and taxation, as well as the advocacy work still needed in this area.
On-The-Move (OTM), a cultural mobility network of which FIA is an active member, is conducting a survey on issues of social security and taxation arising with mobility. Both artists and cultural organisations can reply to the online questionnaire which will help OTM highlight and analyse the obstacles and problems in this field. Find out more about OTM and answer to the questionnaire before November 04.
American FIA affiliate SAG-AFTRA has published a report on the working conditions and professional outcomes for LGBT performers. It appears that discrimination against LGBT actors still persists to a certain extent in the USA, with nearly half of the lesbian and gay respondents strongly agreeing that producers and studio executives believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable. Read the report.
FIA co-organised a conference at the European Parliament on October 2nd, 2013, to put a spotlight on the report on artistic freedom by UN Special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Fareeda Shaheed. FIA used this opportunity to put forward demands reflecting its members contributions to this report as they keep committed to defend the right to freedom of expression for performers. Download the report and demands.
In the wake of the assassination of greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a member of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, FIA condemns this hideous crime, urges the Greek Prime Minister to fight against the rising political extremism in Greece and recalls the importance of respecting performers’ freedom of expression worldwide. Read FIA’s Statement here.
On June 26 and 27, SAG AFTRA and Actors’ Equity hosted the 2013 Executive Committee of the International Federation of Actors in New York. The meeting gathered delegates from around the world and was the occasion to discuss key issues at the international level such as the ratification of the Beijing treaty or the organisation of a FIA world live performance conference. Two resolutions were adopted. Read more.