Film studios reiterate their refusal to negotiate with the Writers Guild

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As SAG-AFTRA, the Actor’s Union, threatens to strike, studios reiterate their position on the Writer’s Guild.

Strikes are always a last resort and arguably the only real power workers have to really change things for the better. And as you’ve probably noticed, there are quite a few going on in Hollywood at the moment.

However, film studios, more specifically studio executives, don’t seem to have got the message.

Hot on the heels of the Actors Union SAG-AFTRA threatening to strike, a damning report by Deadline says that studios have no intention of sitting down with the Writer’s Guild for several months yet, and are determined to “break the WGA”.

Talking about the real life human beings the strike is affecting, one executive explained that “the endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses”, with an insider calling it “a cruel but necessary evil”.

Such callousness is perhaps to be expected from the same film studios who have so far made little to no effort to negotiate, but the Writers and Actors Guilds being on strike simultaneously will send a very clear message that their attitude is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.

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