Introduction When coronavirus forced theatres to close their doors in March 2020 it put the industry, like so many others, into confusion, panic and disarray. At the time it was recognised that the coronavirus was indiscriminate in its reach, and the challenge to industry leaders was in marrying concerns for their businesses with those ofContinue reading “MU Coronavirus Response in Commercial Theatre by Jim Fleeman”
By Ben Lunn, Chair of Disabled Members Network, Musicians UnionChair of North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council Last week, an article was published which highlighted the strange predicament we in the Musician’s Union (MU) find ourselves in – a bleak and rather limp option. The ultimate conclusion is ‘things are not good; but it’s not likeContinue reading “The Road Ahead Is Not Easy”
The MU must be drastically reformed from top to bottom if we are to have any semblance of a ‘music industry’ as we emerge from this awful pandemic.
Could there be a different future for Self-Governing Orchestras? Lessons from the Uber verdict.
By Ben Lunn After 12 years of harsh austerity, attacks on trade unions, incompetence and other regressive attacks on our class; it is little surprise that during the pandemic unions like NEU, CWU, GMB, and BFAWU are witnessing not only a renewed energy and intake, but also are becoming increasingly militant in defence of theirContinue reading “For Change and A Renewed Radicalism”
By Gabriel Dyker, Violinist and former Player Chair CBSO As more parts of the Brexit deal emerge more fundamental problems are coming to light for many industries. Perhaps the biggest for musicians is the question of European touring, a cultural highlight, financial gain, crucial visibility for ourselves and the areas we represent, and an important exportContinue reading “European Touring – is this the end for UK Musicians?”
Since the start of the pandemic, the MU has stood out from other trade unions on a number of occasions through repeatedly calling for members to be allowed to get back to work. On the surface of it, this is a difficult position to argue with given how many members have fallen through the cracksContinue reading “Unsafe at work – an outlier among unions”
By Roberta Noonan Over the Christmas break, we are seeing the slow car crash unfold that is Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. From Johnson’s triumphalism at his so called last minute deal ‘success’, it is now clear the weaknesses are emerging as experts unpick it. For musicians, the problems are all too clear. There is noContinue reading “Johnson’s Brexit Deal Car Crash Threatens The Livelihood Of Musicians”
The following letter was sent to the MU General Secretary, Horace Trubridge, on 19th November, along with those members of the EC whose email addresses were known. At the time of publishing the letter here, there has been no response at all from any of them. Dear Horace, I hope you’re well. I write inContinue reading “Letter 5 from Kathy Dyson to MU General Secretary, Horace Trubridge”
On Wednesday 18th November, I was due to attend a hearing at which the Certification Officer (CO) would determine if the MU EC’s decision to extend Horace Trubridge’s term of office was legal. I was looking forward to seeing a resolution to this divisive and antidemocratic episode within the MU’s history. Over the past months,Continue reading “Democracy in the MU”
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