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Actors join writers on picket lines in the States

Members of US actors’ union SAG-AFTRA announced they would join the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in taking strike action this week.

SAG-AFTRA have also failed to reach an acceptable deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and announced their members would be taking industrial action from Thursday 13 July 2023.

Members of the WGA have been on strike for over two months.

WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth said:

“It is a sobering day as another US entertainment union joins the Writers Guild of America on the picket lines. Taking strike action is a last resort, when good-faith negotiations break down. It also involves a great deal of personal sacrifice for the collective good and for future generations. We send our solidarity to SAG-AFTRA as they embark on strike action, and we hope the AMPTP come back to the negotiating table and offer writers and actors in the States a fair deal soon.”

WGGB continues to show our solidarity with our sister union and last month took part in a Global Day of Solidarity, with a protest in London’s Leicester Square (pictured).

We continue to advise our members affected by the strike. A reminder that you can find FAQs here and if you need advice with your contracts, please email casework@writersguild.rog.uk

Photo: Em Fitzgerald