Technicians and producers sign agreement
by Fabien Lemercier
One day of protests by French film and audiovisual technicians (see news) was all it took on Tuesday to speed up negotiations with producers.
The result achieved was the signing of an interim agreement, which puts a provisional end to the conflict that has affected over 40 films in France, in particular postponing the start date of production on Etienne Chatiliez’s Agathe Cléry.
Five producer organisations – the APC (Film Producers Association), API (Association of Independent Producers), SPI (Independent Producers Union), UPF (Film Producers Union) and AFPF (French Association for Film and Producers and Audiovisual Programmes) – have approved the agreement, accepting to pay film production workers and technicians a 1.14% increase as of July 1 for a 39-hour working week.
However, the agreement does not bring to an end current negotiations on the necessary modernisation of film industry workers’ and technicians’ collective agreements, which date from 1950 and 1960.
The parties now have little less than a year to find common ground under the supervision of the Minister of Employment.
(Translated from French)
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