Monday, January 08, 2007
According ACTRA's president, Richard Hardacre "Our members are being told now that they cannot report for work, unless they're working for producers who have been engaged with ACTRA on an interim agreement." He added "Regretfully, ACTRA has begun the first strike ever in our 64-year history."
The major stumbling block though seems to be producers that don't want to pay workers for new media, such as cell phone and internet use. Canadian actor Wendy Crewson said, "Professional performers don't work for free. Not on TV. Not on film. And not on the internet."
Last week, the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association vowed to take ACTRA to court if a strike occurred, and said it would seek a court order to force actors back to work.