Hollywood survives a strike that would have paralyzed the American film industry


Los Angeles – AFP
A strike by Hollywood film crews, which was intended to be implemented, almost paralyzed the American film industry from Monday if it was not averted at the last minute by reaching an agreement on the terms of work of these technical employees, announced by the main union in this sector.
“It’s like the end of a Hollywood movie,” Matthew Loeb, president of the IATS federation, which represents tens of thousands of entertainment professionals, said in a statement.
They, including photographers and workers in the field of decoration, fashion and cosmetics, were threatening to go on strike from Sunday night after negotiations for a new collective contract stopped.
This agreement still requires the consent of the union members.
The alliance of film and television producers, which represents especially “Disney”, “Warner” and “Netflix”, refused to meet a number of technicians’ demands despite the negotiations that have been going on for months.
The union’s statement explained that the proposed collective contract “addresses basic issues, including reasonable rest periods, time off work for meals, and decent wages for those at the bottom of the wage scale.”
“We’ve encountered some of the richest and most powerful technology and entertainment companies in the world and come to an agreement with a producer alliance that meets the needs of our members,” added Matthew Loeb.
The Producers’ Alliance confirmed that this agreement had been reached, without revealing any further details.
The technicians’ move received the support of a number of stars, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as left-wing politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The last major social action in Hollywood dates back to 2007-2008, when a 100-day strike of screenwriters paralyzed the American audiovisual sector and the conflict brought in $2 billion in profits, according to independent estimates.
But film production technicians haven’t been off work since 1945, when a six-month strike turned violent at Warner Bros. studios.


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