Members of the Writers Guild of America voted a resounding ‘yes’ to industrial action last night, as part of their ongoing contract negotiations, setting a new record for turnout for the union and percentage of support, with 97.85% of members voting yes.
WGGB Chair Lisa Holdsworth said:
“The WGA membership has spoken with one voice. Our fellow writers in the States have shown the power of a union – collective strength and solidarity – in their demand for meaningful change in the treatment of writers.
“Many of their issues are our issues. Their fight is our fight. We hope that the WGA reaches a deal but we are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with our sister union and their members in support of every writer’s right to be paid a decent rate for their work, to be treated with respect and to be financially rewarded for the success of their work – including subsequent use and sales.”
Last week the WGGB Executive Council supported a motion which stated that if a WGA strike cannot be avoided, WGGB would advise its membership not to work on projects within the jurisdiction of the WGA for the duration of the strike (read it here).