Disagreement over BC’s film and TV industry leads to a new decade

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Paris, 2022-06-25 21:56:15. Disagreement over BC’s film and TV industry leads to a new decade

Vancouver –

A 15-month dispute in the British Columbia film and television industry has ended with the approval of a new contract for creative and logistical staff working on productions filmed in the province.

The British Columbia Provincial Council of Directors’ Syndicate said in a statement that the new contract had the support of 89.5 percent of members who voted for the deal.

Syndicate contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Canadian Association of Media Producers – BC.

District Council President Alan Harmon issued a statement saying the ratification comes after 15 months of negotiations that included the council’s first strike last April.

Kendry Upton, executive director of the British Columbia Council, says the contract means the province’s film and television industry is open for business and a busy summer of filming could begin in the future.

Among some of the new contract details the union introduced: annual wage increases of 3 percent retroactive to 2021, provisions to increase the minimum wage in British Columbia and recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day as a statutory holiday.

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