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Brexit Lobbying Update

An update following the debate held in Westminster Hall on enabling visa and work permit free travel for musicians in the EU, with renewed calls from MPs for the Government to sort out remaining issues for musicians.

Published: 23 November 2021

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Sign Our Letter and Show Support for ETO Musicians

English Touring Opera’s recent decision has equated to half the orchestra losing their roles, join us in standing up to the mistreatment of our musicians by signing our letter to the ETO board.

Published: 22 November 2021

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MU Calls for Investment in Musicians Following Budget Announcement

Whilst the budget announcement did offer a welcome extension to the orchestras tax relief and business rate relief for venues, the choice not to take forward further music tax incentives and the hike in VAT could have a negative impact on the sector.

Published: 28 October 2021

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MU Member Gives Speech at STUC Women’s Conference

MU Member Katherine Liley gave a speech at this year’s Scottish Trades Union Congress Women’s Conference, citing her own personal experiences and those of women around her, calling for a motion on creating safe workplaces for women to be moved.

Published: 27 October 2021

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11 Days Until COP26 Global Day of Action

Protests are being planned across the world in a Global Day of Action to highlight the climate crisis, as the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) kicks off in Glasgow. This includes local actions, as well as the larger protests with Trade Union and worker blocs.

Published: 26 October 2021

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World Menopause Day: Gender Equality in Long Term Careers

This World Menopause Day, which in 2021 lands on Monday18 October, we look at how the music industry must look at ways to support women and people who experience symptoms of menopause to achieve a more gender balanced workforce.

Published: 18 October 2021

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New Series of Events for Orchestral Players

This Autumn we’ll be hosting a new series of online events for our Orchestra Section members, covering topics from mouth and hand health through to presentation skills and designing workshops.

Published: 12 October 2021

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Trade Union and Workers Blocs to Unite For COP26 Demos

In the lead up to the UK Government hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November, major demonstrations will be taking place in cities across the UK – with a call for trade unions and workers to join the action.

Published: 11 October 2021

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Music Declares Emergency to Host First Climate Music Blowout Event

The event – which will run on Sunday 17 October in London – will include an afternoon of discussion on how the UK music industry can respond to the climate emergency, followed by a ticketed evening show celebrating the power of music.

Published: 11 October 2021

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The MU at Labour and Conservative Party Conferences

The MU took a delegation to the Labour Party Conference, voting on a number of important motions and holding meetings with Labour MPs – as well as making a fleeting visit to the Conservative Party Conference to discuss the Fix Streaming campaign.

Published: 05 October 2021

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: MU Member Diljeet Bhachu’s Opening Speech to the STUC Black Workers’ Conference

This year’s STUC Black Workers’ Conference was chaired by MU Executive Committee member Diljeet Bhachu, who reflected on how challenging the previous 18-months have been for Black workers across Scotland, and the importance of solidarity across the Trade Union movement.

Published: 04 October 2021

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An Update on Our Actions Over ETO’s Recent Decision

In light of the English Touring Opera’s recent decision that has equated to almost half the orchestra losing their roles, we are concentrating on providing legal advice and assistance to support the members directly affected.

Published: 01 October 2021

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US Lifts Covid-19 Travel Ban

The MU has recently learnt via their friends at Tamizdat that the White House will be easing Covid-19 travel restrictions to the US.

Published: 24 September 2021

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MU Appalled to Hear About English Touring Opera’s Recent Action

The Union is appalled to hear that a number of members have been sent a letter by English Touring Opera (ETO) stating that they will not be booked for the 2022 tour. This equates to almost half the orchestra losing their roles.

Published: 10 September 2021

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