Writers’ Guild of Great Britain plans protest to support US writers’ strike

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The WGGB has planned a London protest to support US writers, and is also refusing to work on US projects as strike action continues.

As the US writers’ strike enters its second month, scribes are girding their resolve and settling in for what could be a protracted industrial action that some observers predict will last at least until September. With the Directors Guild of America reportedly reaching an agreement with the producers’ alliance, the chances of a quick resolution to the action have been dealt something of a blow.

That hasn’t stopped the British guild of writers from trumpeting their support for US writers though. The Writers Guild of Great Britain has already acted in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America by instructing its members not to take US contracts whilst the US strike action continues. Now, the WGGB has announced that it is planning a demonstration to support US colleagues too.

According to Screen Daily, 'WGGB members will be joining screenwriters from across the world in a Global Day of Solidarity’ on June 14th, with a demonstration in London’s Leicester Square.

Whilst the global support will no doubt be appreciated, US writers will also have one eye cast towards the end of June when the SAG-AFTRA, the guild of screen actors conclude their negotiations with the alliance of studios.

That represents the next opportunity to pile more pressure onto the studios, but however those negotiations turn out, US writers seem to have resolved themselves to outlast the studios, no matter how long it takes. Hopefully, the two parties can soon get back around a negotiating table but in the meantime, demonstrations like the WGGB’s continue to show support for the US writers as they attend early morning picket lines and struggle with vastly reduced income.

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