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Monday, 30 October, 2000, 11:57 GMT
Striking actors back at work
William Baldwin
Movie actor William Baldwin supported the strike
Striking commercial union actors in the United States will go back to work from Monday after their representatives voted to end their six-month walkout against advertisers over repeat fees.

The strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) was one of the longest in Hollywood history.

On Saturday, the unions' joint national boards issued a "back-to-work" statement. It recommended that their 135,000 members accept a tentative three-year contract drawn up on 22 October.

AFTRA website
The AFTRA website gave its members the all-clear

Their dispute was over "pay-for-play" residuals, which is the extra money paid to actors each time their commercial is broadcast.

The strikers wanted this system extended to cable TV ads while the advertisers wanted to scrap it in favour of a uniform flat rate.

However, last week the unions accepted the advertisers' offer of continuing to pay residuals to actors for ads on network TV, but backed down from their demands concerning cable.

The advertisers also agreed to accept the unions' demands over control of the broadcasting of commercials on the internet.

Unions representatives said in their statement that their members could begin to audition for and work in commercials for the first time since 1 May.

They added that they would send out a postal referendum to its members nationwide as soon as possible to seal the deal officially.

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