New trade union to launch for SA artists


A new independent, democratic and militant trade union for artists, media and
creative industry workers will be launched in Johannesburg on 3 December 2015.

The South African Media Creative and Cultural Workers Union (SAMCCWU) is a
progressive trade union organisation that will represent, protect and fight for the
rights of filmmakers, writers, musicians, arts educators, craft workers, television
crews and technicians, workers in radio broadcasting and tourism as well as those
employed in government arts and culture departments, cinema and production
houses, and academic institutions.

SAMCCWU national convenor Basil Dube said that despite the positive developments
that have occurred recently such as the release of the Copyright Review Commission headed by Judge Farlam, and the Copyright Amendment Bill, there was a need for a strong, vibrant and militant labour union that will strive to improve the working conditions of workers in the media, creative industries and its allied sectors.

“There are important and very progressive recommendations made by the
Copyright Review Commission. We need a labour union that will represent artists
and ensure that these recommendations are being implemented,’ says Dube, who is
also the former national organiser of the Cosatu-affiliated Musicians Union of South

Dube said that SAMCCWU will be the new home of South African artists and will
fearlessly campaign for an improvement of their working conditions.

Some of the key areas the new union will immediately address include sectoral
determination; standard contracts for artists and filmmakers; review of artists’ fees;
regulation of foreign artists visiting or working in South Africa; status of children
working in the media and performing arts sectors; collective bargaining; and the
legal protection of artists and cultural workers.

Dube said that the union will embark on a mass mobilisation and consultative
programme in all nine provinces leading up to the launching congress of SAMCCWU
in May 2016.

“We are currently holding information sharing discussions with various industry
associations, organisations, councils and federations, also with a view to establish
strategic partnerships. SAMCCWU will not affiliate to any political organisation,’
concluded Dube.

For more information and participation in the provincial consultations and
campaigns,contact the national convenor on


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