How to build successful social partner cooperation in the live performance sector

36 participants from 15 countries kicked off a new EU project to improve social partner cooperation for better working conditions in the live performance sector.

How to build successful social partner cooperation in the live performance sector

In May 2024, 36 participants from 15 countries kicked off the EU project “Strengthening Capacities in the Live Performance Sector” with a first seminar in Paris. The participants included members of UNI MEI, the International Federation of Actors (FIA), the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), and Pearle – Live Performance Europe, the employers’ organisation. 

They shared examples of national social partner initiatives aimed at improving working conditions in the live performance sector. These highlighted the collaborative efforts of unions and employer organisations, showcasing successful strategies for enhancing the sector’s work environment. 

A significant portion of the seminar was dedicated to training in negotiation techniques. Participants learned the intricacies of aiming at win-win outcomes through an interrogative approach to bargaining. This training is particularly valuable in fostering a more collaborative and effective negotiation process, equipping both sides with the skills needed to reach mutually beneficial agreements.

Mapping collective agreements and social partner initiatives

One of the most compelling aspects of the seminar was the unique opportunity for direct exchanges between unions and employer organisations. Having both sides of the table present facilitated a comprehensive dialogue, allowing participants to gain insights into the perspectives and concerns of their counterparts. This open exchange is essential for building mutual understanding and forging stronger, more cooperative relationships within the sector. 

A key component of the project is mapping collective agreements and social partner initiatives across Europe. This information will be compiled into a comprehensive database accessible to organisations and workers in the sector. Given the highly mobile nature of the live performance industry, this resource will help those involved in touring and cross-border collaborations, providing them with essential information on working conditions and agreements in different countries. 

This current seminar is just the first of three planned training events. The upcoming seminars will focus on key themes identified through ongoing research within the project. The process of identifying these four key themes is currently underway, ensuring that future training sessions will address the most pressing issues facing the sector. 

For more information about the project, please reach out to Hanna Harvima.

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