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Issue #1679      April 1, 2015

TV commercial producers to the table

TV commercial producers will negotiate crew rates and conditions with the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) after initially trying to bypass the bargaining process and introduce an agreement that lowered rates and conditions.

Last week MEAA received correspondence from the Commercial Producers Council (CPC) that they will recognise MEAA’s right to bargain on behalf of members. It is anticipated that negotiations will commence this week.

The CPC has also retreated from the May 1 deadline they proposed for implementing their industry agreement.

“Our hard working and highly skilled members were dismayed at the lack of consultation and the short deadline imposed by CPC,” said MEAA’s director of Entertainment, Crew and Sport, Mal Tulloch.

Agreement-making in Australia is governed by the Fair Work Act and lays out the process of consultation, negotiation and registering enforceable agreements. In accordance with the Fair Work Act, MEAA notified each TVC Company with a bargaining notice.

“Screen technicians in this sector have been without a standard agreement for too long. The CPC’s attempt to push through an agreement that worsened work conditions without any consolation or negotiation was a provocative move,” said Tulloch.

MEAA will continue to engage members in negotiations for a fair and reasonable agreement for the TVC sector. That will involve industry meetings to report back of the progress and build a united log of claims.

Next article – Film review – Queen & Country

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