Words from the past
A union led by writers will always have something to say. Here are some of the best quotes from the last six decades
"What enables writers in Britain to face the future in a changing world with some confidence? … The continued existence of their own trade union of professional writers ... a group of highly committed writers of books, plays, film scripts, radio and television programmes willing to work for each other's good."
"Why is it that everybody else is paid and not the writers?"
"Writers have been thrust into the boot for too many years. We are just climbing over into the back seat and getting a little of the recognition we have been asking for... due only to the growing stature and strength of this Guild."
"A producer who has no money is not a producer but a wannabe, and if he commissions work without paying for it, he is a crook."
"A good agent is a good agent; a good lawyer is a good lawyer; but a good strong Guild is a power in the land."
"We all want to save money, but you don’t save on heating by burning down your house."
"The WGGB is the only one that is concerned with us [writers] and our take-home pay and our ability to support our families... The truth is, we write better when we eat better, and if we feel that we should march, then we march longer on a full stomach."
"What we need is not more hand-wringing and not being able to find any women writers, but equal opportunity for all."
"If we want our industry to flourish we will need fresh stories to be told from different perspectives."
"We have safeguarded the interests of writers in the digital age, and future-proofed our industry-leading collective agreements for at least another generation"