Actors’ Union Members Think About Strike as Talks Stall


There’s big news in the world of Indian actors: they might go on strike soon. The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is having trouble with major game studios over their contracts.

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who leads the actors’ union, talked about the problem during a discussion at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event. He said they’re having a hard time agreeing on how artificial intelligence (AI) should be used in video games. He even mentioned that there’s a chance they might go on strike in the next four to six weeks.

This isn’t the first time they’ve had issues with contracts. Their last strike against gaming companies happened in 2016-17 and lasted for a long time, 183 days.

Back in September, the actors’ union members voted to allow a strike if they couldn’t sort things out. Almost everyone voted yes, with 98.32% agreeing. This vote was a big deal, with over 34,000 members taking part.

Even though they recently had a strike against Hollywood studios, where they got some good changes related to AI, they’re still having similar problems with the gaming industry. They’re worried about things like fair pay and making sure AI isn’t used in ways that hurt actors.

The union leaders are ready to call for a strike if needed, as they continue to fight for the rights and fair treatment of actors in India’s entertainment world. Everyone’s watching to see what happens next.

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