(AFP) – A strike by Hollywood film crews that threatened to cripple the US film industry from Monday was narrowly avoided, thanks to the conclusion of an agreement on the working conditions of these technical employees, announced the main union in the sector.
“It’s an end worthy of a Hollywood movie,” said in a statement released Saturday evening Matthew Loeb, president of the IATSE union, which represents tens of thousands of these entertainment workers.
Camera operators, set builders, costume designers, make-up artists … These employees threatened to strike from midnight on Sunday in the face of the blocking of negotiations on a new collective agreement.
The deal has yet to be approved by union members.
Despite months of discussions, the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) – which notably represents Disney, Warner or even Netflix – refused to access some of their claims.
The now proposed convention “tackles fundamental issues including reasonable rest periods, meal breaks, living wages for those at the bottom of the ladder salary, and consequent increases in compensation “on the part of companies, in particular listed the union press release.
“We took on some of the richest and most powerful technology and entertainment companies in the world, and we secured a deal with AMPTP that meets the needs of our members, ”added Matthew Loeb.
AMPTP confirmed the deal to CNN, without commenting further.
The movement of these technical workers had obtained many marks of support, for example from actors like Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Samuel L. Jackson, but also from left-wing political figures like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.
The last major social movement Hollywood saw was the writers’ strike that paralyzed the American audiovisual sector in 2007 – 2008. This conflict of 100 had caused a shortfall of two billion dollars, according to independent estimates.
But the little hands of the cinema have they not put down their camera, brush or accessory since 1945, when a six-month strike had degenerated into violent clashes in front of the studios Warner Bros.