The Board of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland has, on April 19th 2023, resolved to stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the Writers Guild of America in their ongoing contract negotiations. WGI Chair, Jennifer Davidson says
“The Writers’ Guild of Ireland stands firmly with our colleagues in the WGA in their negotiations for better conditions for their members. The issues that they are raising are issues that we face as Irish writers, if not now, then in the near future. The WGA membership has voted overwhelmingly in favour of their recent Strike Authorisation Vote. They want, and deserve, a deal that allows writers to share in the success of the content they create, and to be able to build a stable life. Those of you who have heard us in WGI speak over the last few years about the importance of the European Copyright Directive and the importance of Irish writers being able to hold the position of Executive Producers on their own shows will know that allowing writers to share in the success of the content that they create underpins so much of what we do. The budgets may be different, but the fundamental principles are the same.
It is our hope that the WGA are able to reach a deal in their negotiations, but regardless of outcome, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our sister Guild, and their members. Should a strike be called by the WGA, in line with our IAWG agreements, we will encourage all WGI members not to work on projects that are subject to any WGA strike action.”
More info on the WGA’s ongoing contract negotiations is available here.