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Friday October 21, 2011

Demonstration at ITV’s New York HQ

Friday morning, October 21, the Writers Guild of America East protested outside the New York offices of ITV Studios demanding that the company, which produces highly successful scripted reality television programming, give its American employees the same rights as their unionized British counterparts. WGAE was joined in the action by members of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Writers Guild, Scriptwriters Guild of Israel, Societe des auteurs de radio, television et cinema (SARTEC) – the Quebec guild – Writers Guild of America, West, La Guilde (French Writers Guild), Australian Writers Guild and New Zealand Writers Guild.

In December 2010 the National Labor Relations Board conducted an election, in which ITV employees voted for the WGAE as their representative.  ITV refuses to honor this vote. Yesterday the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds passed a resolution calling upon ITV Studios and its U.S. subsidiary to honor the results of the election and to recognize the WGAE and negotiate in good faith.

See more pictures here.

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