PERFORMERS PETITION GOVERNMENT ON LABOUR DISPUTES

Oct 03, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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A plea from actors, directors and musicians today to  give them the same right as other workers to have disputes settled by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

The Directors Guild of Canada, the Toronto Musicians’ Association and ACTRA, the union representing 15,000 performers, says  too many of their contract disputes end up in costly legal wrangling over jurisdiction.

They want Ontario  to adopt a private members’ bill from New Democrat Peter Tabuns which would see their disagreements settled by the Labour Relations Board.

ACTRA Toronto president Heather Allin says passing the bill would add stability to a sector that pours $1 billion a year into the provincial economy and it  would send a message that “Ontario is the best, safest and most stable film production centre in the world.”

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