As of Friday, August 7, 2009, Australian actors are on strike and will not work on offshore TV commercials until an agreement protecting their employment conditions is reached with the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia (SPAA). Screen Actors Guild has sent the below letter of support to Australia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) expressing our full solidarity.
August 7, 2009
Mr. Simon Whipp
National Executive Director
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Equity Section
245 Chalmers St.
Redfern, NSW 2012
Re: Screen Producers Association of Australia – Offshore Commercials Agreement
Thank you for keeping Screen Actors Guild informed of the developments with respect to your Offshore Commercials Agreement, particularly the producers’ irresponsible choice not to engage in good faith bargaining for the continuation of that agreement. The fact that your strike was authorized by such an overwhelming 98% majority demonstrates the solidarity of your members and the inequity of the producers’ position.
Screen Actors Guild and its membership stand in full solidarity with MEAA and your members. SAG will instruct its members not to accept struck work and will take disciplinary action should any violations occur, to the greatest extent permitted by law.
Screen Actors Guild, its leadership, and its 120,000 members proudly stand at your side as you defend the rights of working actors in Australia, and wish you great success in quickly achieving a fair contract and equitable treatment for actors in Australia.
David P. White
Interim National Executive Director
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