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1993-12-03 London UK
3-4 Dec 1993, London (UK), as International Secretariat for Arts, Mass Media and Entertainment Trade Unions/International Federation of Trade Unions of Audio-Visual Workers (ISETU/FISTAV) -- Secrétariat international des syndicats des arts, des mass media et du spectacle/Fédération internationale des syndicats des travailleurs de l'audio-visuel, on merger of H-XC2443 - International Secretariat for Arts, Mass Media and Entertainment Trade Unions (ISETU), set up 1965, with H-XD5900 - International Federation of Trade Unions of Audio-Visual Workers, set up 1974. Statutes last amended and present name adopted at 2nd Congress, 8 Dec 1995, Washington DC (USA). Ceased to exist 1 Jan 2000 when merging with H-XB3136 - Communications International (CI), H-XB1892 - Fédération internationale des employés, techniciens et cadres (FIET) and H-XC2084 - International Graphical Federation (IGF) to form B-XB0009 - UNI Global Union.
Cater to the special concerns of trade unions and similar associations whose members are engaged in mass media, entertainment and the arts; serve as a link and coordinating structure between them; defend their interests, those of their members and those of the audiovisual, mass media, arts and entertainment industry in general; develop and carry out strategies for dealing with the undermining of workers interests and possible deterioration in their social standards consequent on technological change in the sector; foster growth of the organization so as to respond to increasing concentration and monopolistic transnational enterprise in the sector; fight for free access to the media and to all forms of artistic expression by the various sectors of society; support adoption of better national laws and international instruments on protection of copyright and performance rights of workers in the sector; coordinate and encourage development of cross-border representation of workers in the face of increasing regional and subregional economic integration; defend the rights of workers in the sector by encouraging development of trade unions and other workers' organizations; assert freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining and, if necessary, to strike, for all workers in the sector, regardless of type of employment; defend the sector's workers against occupational illnesses and hazards and encourage improvement in occupational health; defend human rights of speech, expression, creation, association and universal suffrage and the right to fullest access to the media and means of diffusion of creative activity upon which all other rights and freedoms depend; support and foster expression and development of culture, nationally, regionally and locally; develop cultural exchanges between all countries with respect of equality of rights of each country; enable them to present their own culture whatever the state of their economic, technical and cultural development; identify with and support the broader trade union movement's objectives, including peace, work for all, equitable remuneration, social justice, equal opportunity and development of environmental policies which permit life to flourish, and oppose all forms of racism, sexism, chauvinistic nationalism and other forms of discrimination which stifle it; encourage the greatest cooperation of all trade unions, with full respect for various professional interests; serve as a link with other trade union organizations outside the sector to foster solidarity on matters where interests coincide.
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World Congress (every 4 years). Executive Committee, comprising: President; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Vice Presidents; Treasurer; General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary, who together comprise the Management Committee; President and additional representative of each region; 8 members-at-large. Regions (3): Europe; Africa/Asia-Pacific; Americas. Professional Groups; Regional Advisers. World President and General Secretary are ex-officio members of all regional bodies of MEI. Secretariat in Brussels (Belgium).
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