The media, arts and entertainment sector is characterised by a high rate of freelance, self-employed or otherwise “atypical” workers, who are difficult to organise for trade unions. Drawing on the key findings of a two-year EU-funded project, four trade union federations EURO-MEI, FIA, FIM and EFJ publish today a handbook on Trade Union Organising in the Media, Arts and Entertainment Sector.
The project was led by UNI Europa – Media, Entertainment & Arts (EURO-MEI), the International Federation of Actors (FIA), the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The project involved nine national-level trade unions, who volunteered to participate in the project; as well as three project trainers, who each engaged with three unions by visiting them in their national context and offering training, experience and feedback.
The publication draws directly on the experience of the national trade unions active in this project and the lessons they have learned in this process. It also describes how trainers approached the organising challenge in different national unions and contexts and how the participating unions have implemented or renewed their organising strategies towards freelancers and self-employed workers.
The publication offers inspiration and ideas to the many unions and their pressing need to reach out and be able to represent the freelance, self-employed or otherwise atypical workers in the sector.