WGA strike: Indian writers association appeals members to stop working on US-based shows and films
Members of the WGA went on strike early this week demanding better wages, higher minimum pay, more writers per show, and shorter exclusive contracts among other things
Extending their support to the ongoing strike by Writers Guild of America (WGA), India's Screenwriters Association (SWA) has requested its members to halt their work on US-based films and web series.
Members of the WGA went on strike early this week demanding better wages, higher minimum pay, more writers per show, and shorter exclusive contracts among other things.
The SWA General Secretary Zaman Habib said the WGA is making legitimate requests on behalf of the writers' fraternity and they stand in solidarity with them.
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"We have appealed to our SWA members, whosoever is working on international shows and films, they should not be writing for now. It is a blanket request... appeal to them. We have great rapport and association with Writers Guild of America (WGA), Writers Guild of Israel, Great Britain, we are also affiliated with International Affiliation of Writers Guild (IAWG), we are one of the members, so we keep supporting each other," Habib told PTI.
He said Guilds of other film industries are also supporting WGA.
"Every Guild has appealed to their members not to take up any show so that they can support the WGA and writers' fraternity. This is a valid demand. WGA is trying to negotiate but it didn't work out with producers so they had to go about with this strike and we are in solidarity with them," Habib added.
About 11,500 Hollywood film and television writers represented by WGA, went on strike early this week.
This is not the first time the entertainment industry in Hollywood has faced such a situation, the last WGA strike of 2007-2008 went for 100 days, before that in 1988, the strike lasted 153 days, causing a significant halt in production.
Habib said SWA, which consists of about 55,000 members from across the country, is also in discussions with Indian producers about the problems local writers are facing.
"When we support WGA in this negotiation, we also want to negotiate with our producers and we will need their support. We are also ready with our minimum basic contract and we are negotiating with producers individually now," he added.
Getting paid for royalty was one of the main challenges the SWA has been working to address in regards to the difficulties faced by Indian writers, Habib said.
"No one is talking about royalty whereas all over the world writers are being paid royalties. The bill has been passed in 2012 and now it is 2023 but no one is going ahead with that. We are also suffering and we are taking baby steps. We want to have clear communication with producers," he added.