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WhileWard-LealanddoesntfeeltheneedtorehashthesituationshedoesspeakhighlyofherbrothersandsistersfromaroundtheworldwhospokeouttoletitbeknownthattheeyesoftheworldwereonMiddleEarth.TheunionsfromFIApassedaresolutiontosupportusandconsequentlysentalettertotheproducersofthatfilm.TheresnodoubtthatFIAssupportachievedgainsforus.NodoubtWard-Lealandsays.ResidualsforNewZealandactorsonthatfilmwerentevendiscussedbeforeFIAslettercame.Wereincrediblygratefulforthat.Itultimatelygotustothetablewiththeproducersforameaningfulnegotiation.BackwithAlaboraThesloganofourunionistheleadroleisthesolidarity.IaskedthedelegateifhewouldsayitinTurkishformeandIhavetoreportthatitsoundsevenbetterIntheendweareallofthesamenationthearts.Wearetheotheroutcastsofeverycultureandineverycountry.Wearealwaysdangerous.FormeAlaborahashitthenailonthehead.Historyhasplacedtheartistastheantagonistthecriminalandthevagabond.ThroughourunionsandthroughFIAwegainbrotherhoodcompanionshipandstrengthonamammothscale.Webecomeaforceforchangeandgood.CollectiveAgreementsWhenIaskAlaborawhetherhiscountryhascollectiveagreementsinplacehisanswerisswiftNo.CollectiveagreementisaveryhardcaseinTurkeybecauseinTurkeyyoucanonlyorganizeaunioninsectors.Wehave28sectorsandmediaisnotincluded.Thepressisasectorbutcultureisputinwithothersectorswhichincludestwo-and-a-halfmillionworkers.Youhavetoachieve10ofthattwo-and-a-halfmilliontohavetherighttocreateacollectivebargainingagreement.ItseemslikeanimpossibletaskbutagainIaminspiredbythedeterminationoftheserepresentativesofthesedevelopingunions.Wearepreparingourselvestoachievecollectivebargainingnotthroughlawbutthroughourownforce.IhavenoreasontodoubtthatAlaborawillbesuccessful.MwembaagreesthatFIAisvitalbecauseitwaswithinFIAwherewestarteddiscussingtheneedsofdevelopingunionsespeciallyinAfrica.HesawtheimportanceofcommunicatingwithunionsaroundtheworldincludingCanadawithsimilarstructures.Welookedathowtheydotheircontracts.Inourcountrywedidnotknowhowtoexecutethebargainingagreements.WelookedtoCanadaandtheyhelpedustocometoapointtowherewearenowstrongerwhenitcomestobargaining.OurCollectiveFutureAlaboralaysouthisplanforthefuture.InTurkeytheworkingconditionsareincrediblyhard.Weareworkingfor16or17hoursadaytomakeaTVseriesbecauseaweeklyTVseriesisapproximately120minuteswhichisshotinfiveorsixdays.HeseesmyjawdropasIdothemath.HecontinuesYestheworkingconditionsareawfulinTurkeyandwhatwearetryingtoachieveistomaketheactoraworkersowecanimproveworkingconditionsfortheactor.FordeWaal-Smitanothermountaintoclimbisthatofcollectiveagreements.Theydontexist.No.WhatwedohaveisthebodyofagentscalledthePMAthePersonalManagersAssociationtheyhavebeenverystrongsincesometimeinthe1980s.ItmeansthatthePMAaremakingsurethatcontractsareadheredtobutthesecontractsarenotunion-issuedandareover15yearsold.Buttheyareexperiencingcontinualprogress.TwoyearsagowehadaninterimboardandayearlaterweheldaproperAGMandaboardwaselected.Wereliaisingwithourmembershipalotmoreandwevedividedintoworkgroupswherepeoplecantalkaboutourissues.IaskdeWaal-SmitwhatsnextonherhitlistThefirstthingisacollectingsocietyaswedonthaveanyresiduals.TomorrowIhaveameetingwithBradKeenanDirectorofACTRAPerformersRightsSociety.IgushHestheman.Hedoessomuchgoodworkforperformers.OnebyoneafterourconversationsthedelegatesreturntotheCongresshallandjointheirFIAcolleagues.Theysitshouldertoshoulderusingearphonestolistentothetranslationswhileplanningtheirnextmovesintheirowncountry.Theytakewiththemtheknowledgethattheyarenotaloneandthatdelegatesaroundtheworldhavetheirbacks.Developingunionsfacethesamechallengesandneedsupport.ThemembersofFIAstrivehardtokeepalivethespiritofthosewhohavegonebeforeus.CarlynnVincentJenniferandMemetAliarewatchingclosely.Inafewmonthsoryearstimetheywillwelcomethenextgenerationofdevelopingunionsexplainhowtheydiditandbecomethego-toteam.JeremyWebbisACTRAMaritimesNationalCouncillorandanactorbasedinHalifaxNovaScotia.HisproductioncompanyOffTheLeashCreativeproducestouringtheatreandfilm.Tofindoutmoregotowww.offtheleash.ca.ACTRAmagazineWinter201323AsnewlyelectedFIAPresidentFerneDowneysaysinherintroductoryaddressontheFIAwebsiteGlobalsolidaritymustbethebedrockuponwhichFIAwillcontinuetobuild.Wewillcampaigntosecuretherighttofreedomofexpressionforallperformersinallcountries.Wewillresistanypowerthatconspirestoworkagainstourbestinterests.Wewillpursueouridealsandmakethemreal.