TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ – ACTRA believes that the producers’ association is intent on causing a strike in the film and television industry.
"Based on their huge demands for concessions, their delay in coming to bargaining, their attempts to block the appointment of a Conciliator and their filing of inaccurate and time wasting applications with the Labour Board it would appear they really are not interested in getting an agreement with us before the contract expires," stated ACTRA Chief Negotiator Stephen Waddell.
The CFTPA/APFTQ has demanded that Canadian performers take pay cuts of up to 25% on virtually 80% of Canadian productions. They have also put forward demands that would eliminate most residual payments to performers for future broadcasts of their work and for work on the internet.
The film and television agreement (IPA) expires on December 31, 2006. ACTRA requested that talks start last March but the CFTPA/APFTQ refused to provide any dates until October and provided only eight potential dates before the end of the agreement.
"Their behaviour is bizarre," said Waddell. "We have offered to meet with them with a Conciliator to see if we could find some common ground. Yet, they have filed a complaint with the Labour Board that we are refusing to meet."
ACTRA has also offered the CFTPA/APFTQ a letter of continuation which would allow producers currently involved in projects to continue past the expiry date of the agreement. The CFTPA/APFTQ has told its members to refuse to sign and has not attempted to negotiate with ACTRA on the letter.
"Every move the CFTPA makes seems designed to create conflict and instability. Their behaviour is inexplicable and incoherent. One can only assume that they want to force a strike," commented Waddell.