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Representatives of MU Attend This Week’s International Labour Organisation in Geneva

The ILO (International Labour Organisation) brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 Member States to set Labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all.

Published: 15 February 2023 | 5:30 PM Updated: 16 February 2023 | 12:11 PM
Naomi Pohl and Dave Webster stand together in front of row of flags of member states attending the ILO.
“This is an important opportunity for us to address issues affecting musicians and other creative sector workers on an international scale". Image credit: The MU ©.

This week MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl, and Head of International Dave Webster, will represent the union at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Here they will meet with other trade unions from the UK and around the world to negotiate improved terms and conditions for working people in the Arts and Entertainment Industry.

More specifically, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss opportunities and challenges for decent work in the sector in the context of digital technologies, globalization, environmental sustainability, demographic changes and a human-centred COVID-19 recovery, with the aim of adopting conclusions, including recommendations for future action.

The MU is part of the workers group, which negotiates with employer groups and other governments.

Naomi Pohl said:

“This is an important opportunity for us to address issues affecting musicians and other creative sector workers on an international scale. Issues discussed include the importance of collective bargaining, cross-border mobility, diversity and inclusion, copyright, AI and digitisation.

“We hope the conclusions from this week’s meeting will facilitate improvements across the globe, particularly for creative freelancers”.

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