Screen industry waiting on collective bargaining details

Posted Sunday 23 Jun 2019

Screen industry workers will be looking forward to hearing the nitty-gritty details of how the new collective bargaining law will actually play out. The Government has announced it will introduce a new law to allow film industry workers to collectively bargain from next year, but striking will be illegal and the controversial "Hobbit" law will not be repealed. Speaking on behalf of screenwriters, executive director of New Zealand Writers Guild Alice Shearman said the ability to stabilise economic and working rights through collective agreements will be career enhancing and stimulate industry growth. "It has been a long time coming for screenwriters to benefit from enforceable terms and conditions in their contracts." Details such as the dispute resolution process and who exactly will be covered are to be worked out over the coming months.