SAG-AFTRA initiated their strike back in July, and following the recent meeting with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), it's evident that a mutually satisfactory agreement between the two parties remains not as close as one might think.
In late September the WGA strike reached its end when the majority members of the union voted for the presented deal, giving the writers what they fought for. The SAG–AFTRA strike on the other hand, is not seeming to come to a close any time soon. In a new statement, SAG–AFTRA told its members "It is with profound disappointment that we report the industry CEOs have walked away from the bargaining table after refusing to counter our latest offer".
AMPTP has: Refused to protect performers from being replaced by AI, meaning that major studios are refusing to grant actors protection against AI and are “continuing to demand ‘consent’ on the first day of employment for use of a performer’s digital replica for an entire cinematic universe (or any franchise project), refused to increase SAG-AFTRA members’ wages to keep up with inflation and refused to share a tiny portion (2%) of their revenue.
SAG–AFTRA are calling out the AMPTP, mentioning the scare tactics that are being used against them as the same ones that were used on the WGA–strikers, stating: "The companies are using the same failed strategy they tried to inflict on the WGA – putting out misleading information in an attempt to fool our members into abandoning our solidarity and putting pressure on our negotiators.".
The AMPTP asserted that the gap between the two sides is "too great". In their statement, SAG–AFTRA are still enthusiastic about the future agreements and are showing no signs of backing down by encouraging others to join the picket lines and that they are also ready to continue negotiating today, tomorrow and every day.
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