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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 18:17 GMT
UK film strike called off
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor backed the union
A strike by British film and TV actors has been called off after a new deal for performers was agreed between actors union Equity and producers' organisation Pact.

The two-year agreement means performers will for the first time receive either a share of the profits of a film or a share of the proceeds from sales of films to television and for video and DVD sales and rentals.

Minimum pay rates for actors will rise, and they will also receive holiday pay and pensions for the first time.

The deal ends a period of uncertainty that had affected production of films in the UK, following the termination last year of the previous agreement.

Backed

Both Equity and Pact say they anticipate an early resumption of major film production in the UK.

Last year performers such as Ewan McGregor and Julie Walters backed the union in their efforts to gain a share of profits from productions for actors.

Equity general secretary Ian McGarry said actors across the UK would be delighted at the new agreement.

"This agreement means that for films made in the future substantial additional amounts of money will flow to actors if the film is successful."

Exemption

Pact chief executive John McVay said: "We now have a modern and progressive agreement that recognises that talent will share in the success of films produced in the UK.

During the period of uncertainty productions such as the new Bond movie, Die Another Day, and the sequel to the Harry Potter film, The Chamber of Secrets, negotiated exemptions to any possible strike action.

Film Minister Dr Kim Howells said he was pleased Equity and Pact had reached an agreement that would "benefit actors and industry alike".

"There is no barrier, now, to us all working together to help build the British film industry," he said.

See also:

18 Sep 01 | Film
UK actors opt for strike
18 Sep 01 | Film
Film industry's strike dread
23 Oct 01 | Film
US actors back UK strike
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