Bectu has welcomed news that the Writer’s Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached a tentative deal. And has called on the Alliance to follow suit with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

A tentative deal was announced yesterday, after five months of strikes that have severely affected the TV and Film industry, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Writers Guild of Great Britain has also congratulated the WGA.

Philippa Childs, head of UK film and TV union Bectu, said: “This is welcome news for our members and the UK film and TV industry as a whole. UK crew and other workers have suffered at the hands of the AMPTP’s failure to reach an acceptable agreement with WGA and SAG-AFTRA, and this news will provide some hope after months of instability.

“It’s now critical that the AMPTP directs all its energies into resolving the dispute with our SAG-AFTRA colleagues.

“The AMPTP cannot be ignorant of the huge and detrimental impact their disputes are having on our industry. Hardworking crew and other workers whose livelihoods have been devastated by these protracted negotiations will be watching developments closely.

“Our members are highly skilled, talented professionals and the backbone of our film and TV sector, and they want to get back to work. We urge a swift and successful conclusion that will help get film and TV production in the UK back to normal.”


Pippa Considine

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