Actors union, Equity, is to hold rallies in solidarity with its sister union SAG-AFTRA this Friday at 12pm in London’s Leicester Square and Manchester’s Media City.

US performers’ union SAG-AFTRA is currently holding a strike during negotiations with US film and TV producer association, the AMPTP.

Equity said: “Equity stands full square behind our sister union in their claim, and the action they have decided to take. Equity too is experiencing bullish engagers attempting to undermine its collectively bargained agreements. SAG-AFTRA has our total solidarity in this fight.

However, industrial relations legislation in the United Kingdom is draconian, and often viewed as the most restrictive in the Western world. The convoluted and pernicious hurdles faced by all unions in the United Kingdom are a national disgrace and need urgent reform. The regrettable consequence of this framework is that what artists working in the United Kingdom – whether SAG-AFTRA and/or Equity members (or both) – can do, may be different from their comrades in the United States and other parts of the world.

“We will continue to work closely and collaboratively on advice for artists working in the United Kingdom as the situation develops, and to show our solidarity with our sister union and their fight.”

Jon Creamer

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