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Boycott against Blue Man theatre group

20 December 2006 – The producer of theatre group Blue Man has been targeted by a boycott in America, because he refuses to recognise his employees’ right to join a union. Recently, Joop van den Ende has brought the show to Amsterdam. Dutch trade union FNV KIEM says it supports workers who want to join a union.

“The unique, and at one time avant-garde Blue Man Goup ends some versions of its musical, multimedia and mime show by flinging dozens of rolls of toilet paper into the audience”, American trade union federation AFL-CIO writes on its website. “Apparently their labor relations attitude comes from the same room as their end-of-show prop”.

Over forty stage hands and wardrobe employees at a Blue Man show in Las Vegas want to be represented by theatrical stage employees union IATSE. The workers want a deal on health insurance, pensions and safety at work.

In a ballot, over three quarters of the staff voted in favour of joining the union. Producer Matt Goldman had in advance promised to respect the outcome of the vote. Instead, according to the IATSE, he hired a very expensive union buster. It regards a law firm that has a nephew of the American president, George P. Bush, on its payroll.

Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO called for a boycott of Blue Man. Further, 36 unions from America, Canada, Great Britain, Norway and Germany, as well as international union federation UNI, have pledged solidarity with the workers.

A week ago, a Blue Man show opened in Amsterdam. Trade union FNV KIEM, which is affiliated to the UNI, has not yet been able to look into the details of the conflict. However, it is the union’s policy to support workers who fight for their right to join a union, says spokesperson Jan de Geus.

In 2005, Blue Man also had a large conflict with workers in Toronto.

UPDATE 22 December 2006 - FNV KIEM has expressed its solidarity with the IATSE.


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