International Secretariat for Arts, Mass Media and Entertainment Trade Unions (ISETU)

Secrétariat international des syndicats des arts, des mass media et du spectacle
Secretariado Internacional de los Sindicatos de Artes, Medios de Communicación y Espectaculo
Internationales Sekretariat der Gewerkschaften für Kunst, Medien und Unterhaltung

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History

11 Mar 1965, Brussels (Belgium), at Founding Congress held under the auspices of International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), when interim constitution was adopted together with title International Secretariat of Entertainment Trade Unions within ICFTU -- Secrétariat international des syndicats du spectacle au sein de la CISL -- Secretariado Internacional de Sindicatos del Espectaculo dentro la CIOSL -- Internationales Sekretariat der Gewerkschaften für Kunst und Unterhaltung im IBFG, an international preparatory committee having been set up 28-29 June 1963, Brussels. Prior to this a number of conferences and meetings from 1957 had discussed the setting up of such a body. Historical precedents include regional bodies such as Inter-American Federation of Entertainment Workers (IFEW) and its forerunner International Organization of Radio and Television Workers of the Americas (OITRA). Originally also referred to as International Secretariat of Arts, Communications Media and Entertainment Trade Unions -- Secrétariat international des syndicats des arts, des moyens de communication et du spectacle -- Internationales Sekretariat der Gewerkschaften für Kunst, Kommunikationsmittel und Unterhaltung. Statutes modified: 26-29 Sep 1967, London (UK); 19-22 May 1971, Vienna (Austria); 21-25 Apr 1974, Cuernavaca (Mexico); 20-21 May 1980, Brussels, when listed name was adopted; 1984; 1988. Also known as International Secretariat of Entertainment Trade Unions -- Secrétariat international des syndicats du spectacle (SISS) -- Secretariado Internacional de Sindicatos del Espectaculo (SISE) -- Internationales Sekretariat der Gewerkschaften für Kunst und Unterhaltung (ISGKU). Previously independent, became in 1984 an autonomous section of FIET and known as International Secretariat for Arts, Mass Media and Entertainment Trade Unions - FIET (ISETU-FIET). Agreement expired 1 Jan 1992, on setting up of International Committee of Entertainment and Media Unions (ICEMU), when ISETU became again independent and reverted to its former title. Ceased to exist, Dec 1993, London, when merged with International Federation of Trade Unions of Audio-Visual Workers (FISTAV) to form Media and Entertainment International (MEI).

Aims

Promote international solidarity by bringing together free trade unions of all professional, manual and non-manual groups in arts, communication, media and entertainment; defend and further the economic, social and cultural interests and legal rights of such workers, representing them on international bodies and organizations concerned with their interests; combat economic and social exploitation and reject discrimination of every kind; work towards realization of free flow of all forms and expressions of arts, information and entertainment in every country and assistance for every country in development of its affiliated characteristic culture.

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Activities

Caters to special concerns of unions whose members are engaged in the arts and all kinds of media and entertainment - authors, musicians, actors, visual artists, interpreters, journalists and all employees and freelance workers, including performers, technicians, craftspeople, administrative, clerical and other staff, in radio, television, film-making, stage performances, cultural institutions, sporting and related events, variety shows and circuses, all employees of theatres and cinemas, advertising and related occupations. Circulates information on wages, working conditions and other issues in these areas of activity; maintains relations with other international organizations concerned with culture, the arts and the protection of intellectual property. Principal tasks: reinforcing affiliated unions' activities at the international level; protection of persons employed in the media and entertainment sector; protection of the rights of performers and producers in the face of new technologies such as transmission by satellite, cable, audio and video tape and other devices replacing live performances; defence of workers and their unions; defence of freedom and diversity confronted with increasing international concentration of ownership; coordinating solidarity with groups of its jurisdiction involved in legitimate labour conflicts.

Structure

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 27 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Workers
  • Communication
    • Media
  • Recreation
    • Recreation
    • Arts

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

UIA Org ID

C2443

Last News Received

4. Jan 1993
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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