TIER 1 Sponsor – CFMMEU
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining And Energy Union is Australia’s main trade union in building and construction, forestry and furnishing products, maritime and mining and energy production. This union has over 100,000 members and offices in all capital cities and in many major regional centres across Australia.
There are four Divisions of the CFMMEU that cover workers employed in the construction and building industry, the forestry and furnishing products industry, the maritime industry and the mining and energy industries.
TIER 2 Sponsor – MUA Sydney
The Sydney Branch has a long progressive history with the earliest organised wharfies banding together here in Australia’s first city as far back as 1872 with the Sydney Wharf Labourers Union active on the now iconic Hungry Mile. The Seamen’s Union of Australia was also formed in 1872, making it the first maritime union in the world.
The MUA, a division of the Construction Forestry Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, was formed in 1993 from the amalgamation of the Seamen’s Union of Australia and the Waterside Workers’ Federation.
TIER 3 Sponsor – Unions NSW
Unions NSW campaigns in workplaces to ensure union members get a fair go, with decent wages and conditions.
Unions NSW, representing over 600,000 union members, is the peak body for the state’s trade unions. It campaigns in workplaces to ensure union members get a fair go, with decent wages and conditions. Unions NSW works for policies and laws that support the right of working people to live with dignity. Unions NSW has affiliated unions and Regional Trades & Labor Councils as its members. Unions NSW is an organisation funded by its members and is not funded through government.
Sponsor – Art Resistance
Art Resistance is a video production organisation which works predominantly in the not for profit sector. The Art Resistance team has been at the forefront of making activist documentaries, dramas and music video clips since the early 1990’s. They were an original part of the development of community access television in Sydney in the 1990’s involved both in running the TV station; as well as producing weekly political news and current affairs programs and documentaries and dramas relating to environment, human rights and social justice issues.
Art Resistance sees the Dare to Struggle Film Festival as a continuation of that work of developing progressive media and training workers and activists in filmmaking skills in order for them to be able to tell their stories instead of relying on an unreliable mainstream media to tell the stories for them.
Sponsor – Media Entertainment Arts Alliance
The MEAA, built on integrity and powered by creativity, is the largest union advocating for Australia’s creative professionals.
MEAA members include people working in television, radio, theatre and film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production… in fact everyone who works in the industries that inform or entertain.
Right now for every 100 working people there are eight in a union. That is not sustainable. For the rights of working people and to build social movements things need to change. Our union, the CFMMEU, is playing a major role in rebuilding the union movement.The last few decades have taken us back to the old days of unions fighting for the right to represent workers. Nearly every week unions are fined large sums of money. We’ve had our homes raided in front of our families. We face the most unjust penalties imaginable. For what? For standing up for workers rights.
The Dare to Struggle Film Festival is a great initiative. I believe this event is significant for the broad union struggle. There are thousands of stories out there that need to be told. And one way of building solidarity is through showing on film the unity that exists between workers when they are under attack from employers, whose mission is to keep workers poor, insecure and powerless. I hope this Festival showcases films of workers fighting back, of struggling for better wages and conditions, struggling for decent human rights and struggling to create a better world. I urge workers to take advantage of the Film Festival’s offer to trainworkers in film making. Imagine the great labour struggle films that could be produced. I think this is a fantastic initiative and I’m looking forward to the Festival becoming an important annual event around Australia.
The Coalition government has structured industrial relations laws to favour bosses over workers. Union organisers cannot enter workplaces to talk to workers, wage theft is rampant, and casualisation is on the rise driving workers and their families into poverty. Unions NSW is proud to be sponsoring the Dare to Struggle Film Festival. Films are a great way to highlight the struggles of workers and their communities, union solidarity, and the broader campaigns we are all involved in. Right now the cost of living is rising and because of the pandemic, some workers are happy just to have a job whereas workers have been the heroes of the pandemic. Let’s celebrate that and show why they need to be paid properly. There are some great stories that can be told through film. I am very much looking forward to the Film Festival screenings in November.