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Sectoral social dialogue - Audiovisual

Social partners

Workers' representatives Employers' representatives
EURO-MEI - UNI-Europa performance and media branch Association of Commercial Television in Europe
International Federation of Musicians Association of European Radios
International Federation of Actors

European Coordination of Independent Producers

European Federation of Journalists European Broadcasting Union
  International Federation of Film Producers' Associations

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • public service broadcasting
  • commercial television
  • commercial radio
  • independent television production
  • film production.

Challenges to the sector include:

  • in the public sector, the threat to licence fees and public funding
  • in the commercial sector, the collapse in advertising revenue and the drop in the number of work commissions, leading to financial instability
  • in the digital age, how to provide content across numerous platforms and increased piracy of creative output
  • irregular and unpredictable employment opportunities
  • atypical contractual relationships and lack of control over working conditions
  • safeguarding and enhancing a genuine professional status for cultural and media workers
  • trends towards greater flexibility and mobility, which threaten the livelihood of many cultural and media workers.

Workers in the audiovisual sector have a recognised standard of competence which allows them to be mobile within the industry across the EU and beyond. Audiovisual workers are also usually highly skilled and are trained for the future requirements of the sector.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • promoting social dialogue in the sector across the EU
  • training/skills: feasibility study for a sector skills council, in collaboration with the social dialogue committee of the Live Performance sector
  • equal opportunities: implementation of the Framework of Actions on gender equality
  • anti-piracy: protecting creativity, innovation and jobs
  • health and safety: assessing the possibility of joint action
  • reviewing the process and structure of the social dialogue committee

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint project on Promoting Capacity Building of National Social Partners in the Audiovisual Sector (2011-12)
  • Framework of Actions on Gender Equality (2011)
  • Joint Declaration on Promoting Social Dialogue in the Audiovisual industry (2010)
  • Joint Opinion on protecting creativity, innovation and jobs (2009)
  • Joint Position on the Green Paper on Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21st century (2007)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).