Protest in solidarity with the Writer’s Strike attracts hundreds of supporters in London

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Hundreds of union members turned out to protest in Leicester Square in solidarity with the Writer’s Strike.

As the Writer’s Strike reaches it’s seventh week in the US, a protest held in London on Wednesday drew over 300 supporters.

Among the screenwriters showing solidarity with the Writer’s Guild Of America at the event were Russell T. Davies, Charlie Brooker, Gaby Chiappe, Jack Thorne and Alice Nutter.

Lisa Holdsworth, the chair of the Writer’s Guild Of Great Britain, said that “what’s coming over the hill with AI, the reducing of hours, of money that’s given to writers, the pressure that’s put on us, the schedules that mean we’re expected to do the same amount of work in half the time, it’s all about one thing… money. It’s about time there was an understanding that nobody can do their job in this industry until we have done our job. It starts with us”.

Speaking to Variety, Russell T Davies said that it is “a fight to the death for drama, quite seriously. We’re looking at processes and software and attitudes and hostility that could drive these people into other jobs”. He also said that they are “not asking for anything revolutionary or radical or unkind or cruel. We’re asking for absolute common sense and decency to treat an important job with a sense of importance”.

The strike currently shows no sign of abating, and further protests took place across the globe.

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