Equity delays strike decision

Council meeting set for Monday

LONDON — D-day in the labor dispute between British film producers and actors has been postponed until March 11.

The council of Equity, the actors’ union, was originally due March 8 to discuss the final offer from PACT, the producers’ org (Daily Variety, March 7). But this meeting has now been delayed until after the weekend.

The PACT proposal, covering terms for a new film contract to replace the old one which expired Dec. 1, was first presented to the Equity council March 5.

But instead of accepting the offer, the council instructed union officials to make one final effort to extract further concessions. That attempt failed.

With no alternative on the table, and with no room for further negotations, it would be a huge shock if the Equity council refuses to ratify the deal on Monday.

Terms of PACT’s final offer remain a closely guarded secret, but Equity officials are believed to be delighted at the extent to which producers have agreed to their demand for residuals, both for studio movies and indie pics.

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