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The European Region of the Media, Entertainment & Arts sector of Union Global Union (UNI MEI), represents over 70 unions and guilds in the media, entertainment and arts sector in Europe. The membership of its affiliates includes technicians, screenwriters, film directors and other workers in broadcasting, cinema, theatre as well as in visual arts.
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Sector agreement: film workers in Germany win improved working hours

Thursday 6 May 2021

Ver.di FilmUnion has successfully negotiated improvements on working time provisions and supplements for weekend work. After five months of negotiations, a collective agreement has been reached for the approximately 25,000 film workers in Germany, which will apply from September. In negotiations with the producers’ alliance, ver.di FilmUnion, together with the actors’ union BFFS, achieved improvements…

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Motion 2: unions empower self-employed workers

Monday 19 April 2021

UNI Europa affiliates gathered for a webinar to exchange experience on the opportunities and barriers to organising and collective bargaining for self-employed workers.  Two testimonies from ver.di, Germany and FNV-Media Cultuur, Netherlands kicked off the discussions among the over 100 participants and showcased the unions’ efforts in the broadcasting sector. In Germany, ver.di represents more than 30,000…

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No recovery without culture

Friday 2 April 2021

More than 110 pan-European organisations and networks issued an open letter calling on the Member States and the European Commission to secure a future for culture and cultural life in Europe. This is the second statement of the European cultural sector after a first open letter entitled make culture central in the EU recovery, issued…

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Getting behind the wave of theatre occupations across France

Saturday 20 March 2021

Workers in the performing arts in France call for the reopening of the sector and the guarantee of social rights for intermittent cultural workers. Since 4 March, performing arts workers have been occupying the legendary Odéon theatre in Paris. The beginning of the action marks the first anniversary of the closure of the sector and…

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50/50 by 2020 – Are we there & what is next?

Friday 4 December 2020

Perspectives for gender equality in the European Audiovisual sector beyond 2020 An online event – Friday 11 December from 11:00 till 13:00 To register, click here. The campaign ‘50/50 by 2020’ was launched by the Swedish Film Institute at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Highlighting the still blatant underrepresentation of women in front and…

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