Brussels, 10th October 2019
Today, the European social partners of the live performance sector signed a joint declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of European social dialogue, in the presence of high level representatives of the European Commission responsible for Employment and Social Affairs and responsible for Culture.
In the declaration, social partners underline the important place of social dialogue in the European treaty and European employment policies.
They also insisted on Member States to recognise the necessity of employers’ associations and trade unions, who should be able to undertake collective bargaining.
The declaration further addresses key issues to be taken up in Member States and reminds the governments, the workers and employers organisations of the conditions to build up strong social dialogue.
Referring to the specific characteristics of the live performance sector, social partners recall the role of culture and arts in society, the freedom of artistic expression and the promotion of cultural diversity, which is also embedded in the European treaty.
At the same time, European social partners endorsed a new two-year work programme including six main headings: social dialogue and the role of social partners, skills and training, health and safety, mobility, gender equality, EU initiatives and economic situation for the sector.
Read the Joint Declaration