Hollywood workers threaten to strike next Monday

The main union of the industry entertainment, IATSE, announced this wednesday that its almost 60,000 affiliates will start a strike the next Monday if you don’t close a agreement with the Hollywood studios that improve their Labor conditions.

The strike, what was approved last 4th of October for him 98% of affiliates, would paralyze completely most of productions on USA, especially in California, but also in other important states for the sector such as Georgia, New Mexico and New York.

“The pace of the negotiations does not reflect any urgency. With no end date, we could be talking forever. Our members need their needs addressed now,” the group’s president, Matthew Loeb, said in a statement.

No pact, the strike would start the Monday al noon from The Angels (19:00 GMT).

IATSE (International Alliance of Stage Employees) represents many of the workers who perform tasks behind the lights, such as light and sound technicians, camera operators, set designers and makeup artists.

Most of their members chain temporary contracts with studies, generally turned on yet concrete project, and the terms from his contract I know fix according to agreed guidelines between labor union and the Film Producers Alliance and TV (AMPTP), the employer’s association that encompasses television studios and networks.

For a while, thiss professionals ensure that they work during long shifts, no breaks for eat or sleep enough no rest days to what throughout the week.

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Also, the union demands That increase salaries of the employees that belong to the salary scale lowest in the sector and that improve the contribution of the Business to whats private health insurance already pension plans, one of the main problems facing the self-employed in the United States.

What’s more, they want to eliminate aprior sane phear the one dedicated companies al “streaming” (online content), such as Netflix y Amazon, they can pay less than traditional studios.

“It is incomprehensible that the AMPTP, a set that includes media megacorporations with a collective value of trillions of dollars, claims that it cannot provide teams with basic human needs such as enough sleep, meal breaks and living wages,” he said. the union on Twitter.

The stop in the filming would harm greatly to the large studios from Hollywood, that chain countless arrears due to the coronavirus and have invested in platforms such as Disney + and HBO Max, whose business model needs a constant flow of new content to retain its subscribers.

A spokesman for the employer’s association once again insisted that “they will continue negotiating to find a new contract that allows the industry to continue its work,” reported The Hollywood Reporter newspaper.

The last strike on Hollywood was summoned on 2017 for him writers union and altered the shootings and television broadcasts for 100 days.

For its part, IATSE, which encompasses a greater variety of professionals, has not called a stoppage in its more than 120 years of history.

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