Fairness issues lawful guidance to customers, posts SAG-AFTRA solidarity message | News

Statement from the Basic Secretary of Equity, Paul W Fleming

“SAG-AFTRA is Equity’s sister union representing performers on screen in the United States. They are now in negotiations with the AMPTP – the engagers association for movie and Tv producers in the United States. Before this year, SAG-AFTRA balloted their associates to realize authorisation for strike action if it was needed to realize a very good settlement in these negotiations. Currently, SAG-AFTRA’s Board has taken the brave phase of authorising a strike.

“SAG-AFTRA’s assert to the producers consists of numerous essential factors for performers on their agreements. The critical elements of the claim are longstanding, shared fights for our unions –issues like spend and residual payments. But SAG-AFTRA, like Fairness, is also bravely going through head-on existential queries on difficulties like Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the rise in digital auditions and self-tapes. Securing fairness in pay back, phrases, and disorders is vital no matter if they be with standard producers, or new global streamers, and with new modes of earning and distributing function to a world-wide audience.

“Equity stands total square behind our sister union in their declare, and the motion their Board have agreed to take. Equity way too is dealing with bullish engagers making an attempt to undermine its collectively bargained agreements. SAG-AFTRA has our full solidarity in this struggle.

“We say clearly to the AMPTP and their members that they will need to transfer appreciably and quickly to meet the realistic aspirations of SAG-AFTRA’s customers. The associates of our unions, and all enjoyment unions throughout the globe, generate the huge wealth in just our marketplace – it is suitable and just that they have good, contemporary shell out and situations.

“Equity has been in consistent make contact with with our sister union through the negotiations at each level – such as the President and Basic Secretary attending in individual in Los Angeles earlier this thirty day period. We will proceed to work carefully and collaboratively on tips for artists operating in the United Kingdom as the scenario develops.

“Industrial relations legislation in the United Kingdom is draconian, and frequently seen as the most restrictive in the Western planet. The convoluted and pernicious hurdles confronted by all unions in the United Kingdom are a countrywide shame and will need urgent reform. The regrettable consequence of this framework is that what artists functioning in the United Kingdom – no matter if SAG-AFTRA and/or Fairness customers (or the two) – can do, may possibly be distinct from their comrades in the United States and other elements of the entire world.

“Equity is combating along with the relaxation of the trade union motion in the United kingdom to reform our illiberal industrial relations framework in parliament, in the courts, and on the streets.

“Detailed assistance for artists doing the job in the Uk who are Equity and/or SAG-AFTRA associates is set out under. Additionally, Equity will be organising demonstrations, rallies, and protests in the coming times and months to show our solidarity with our sister union and their combat.

“As Equity’s motto suggests: To all artists good work. To all workers good artwork. To all persons: Equity.

“And to SAG-AFTRA: Victory.”

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