The Writers Guild of America announced the end of a strike that lasted 148 days. What they demanded
The Writers Guild of Hollywood announced that its members would return to work on September 27 after 148 days on strike. All this time, they have refused to cooperate with film studios, demanding higher wages and security guarantees.
Although a new three-year contract has not yet been signed, the screenwriters have been allowed to return to their work, Reuters reports. More than 11,000 union members have until October 9 to vote on the terms offered by the studios.
Thousands of screenwriters have simultaneously stopped working part-time with Netflix (NFLX.O), Walt Disney (DIS.N) and Warner Bros Discovery (WBD.O) because their demands were not met before signing a new contract in May this year.
They demanded higher wages, increased medical and pension contributions, and job security amid the use of artificial intelligence in the film industry.
After months of strike action, the studios reportedly made concessions. They agreed to meet twice a year with the union members to discuss plans to use artificial intelligence in the development and production of films. Other conditions were also heard.
For example, the screenwriters reached a compromise on wages. Their minimum wage will increase by more than 12% in three years.
The members of the negotiating team solemnly declared that thanks to their unity, the screenwriters managed to win the negotiations, although four months ago they were told to their faces that they would not guarantee their safety and would not agree to the new conditions.
As OBOZREVATEL wrote, the strike of the Actors' Guild of the United States (SAG-AFTRA), which has 160 thousand members, is still ongoing. In recent months, movie stars have refused to go on red carpet appearances, interviews, and media activities. Read more about this here.