SAG-AFTRA chief negotiator to address UK crew

"The issues in this negotiation resonate for workers in film and television worldwide."

By Gabriella Geisinger 21 Aug 2023

SAG-AFTRA chief negotiator to address UK crew
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

At a webinar held today at 7pm by The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (Bectu), SAG-AFTRA's lead negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland will discuss the latest developments in the actors’ strikes in the USA with UK crew.

The Bectu statement reads: "Many UK crew are feeling the effects of the ongoing dispute between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP first-hand, as productions are suspended across the country.

"Bectu members will hear directly from SAG-AFTRA about the issues at the centre of the dispute, why it’s a crucial fight for the global screen industries, and the latest prospects for a resumption of negotiations, and will also have the opportunity to ask questions of SAG-AFTRA."

Crabtree-Ireland added: "These strikes are an important next step towards ensuring that the studios and streamers respect the creativity and hard work of everyone in this industry, including the crew without whom none of these corporations could even exist. Standing together in solidarity, we will win this fight!"

Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said: "This is a fight with many of the same employers who frequently undervalue crew in the UK, and therefore our solidarity with US actors and writers is important for raising standards domestically and globally."

The SAG-AFTRA strike has resulted in many internationally-based productions shutting down. While some have received waivers to continue production, many film and high end TV productions have been halted entirely leaving crew and cast unable to work. 

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