Our campaign to win reasonable collective bargaining agreements at ITV/Kirkstall and Leftfield is not one we are waging alone. The entire global labor movement is weighing in – pressing the company to stop stalling and to reach agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East.
Here you’ll find a letter to ITV’s new CEO in the UK from the General Secretary of UNI Global Union – an organization of more than 900 unions representing more than 20 million working people across the globe. As UNI General Secretary Philip Jennings writes, ITV’s stubborn refusal to reach agreement with the WGAE “is simply not the way to do business in an industry that relies on its professional employees to create and distribute content. These men and women work very hard to create shows which ITV sells to networks in the U.S. and elsewhere, and they deserve the basic union protections enjoyed by their colleagues, including Writers Guild members who work in the scripted arena.”
UNI’s support and solidarity demonstrate that the fight for union contracts protecting nonfiction writer-producers is of vital concern to the entire industry. Together, we will keep pressing to improve your working conditions and to ensure that you have a voice on the job.