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Hollywood film sector braces for shutdown amid strike action

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Hollywood’s film and television industry is bracing for a shutdown after the union approved strike action

The union that represents some of Hollywood’s most important industry workers has voted to approve a strike action in a bold move that could cause mass disruption to an sector already impacted by COVID-19.

The action could shut down nearly all US film and television productions across the country – not just with Los Angeles.

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees known as IATSE, which covers camera crews, prop masters, hairdressers and other craft workers say they are being worked to death with gruelling hours and no guaranteed rest or meal breaks.

Members call for better pay and working conditions.

Union members are demanding better work conditions, as well as fairer pay from streaming services to cover their share of labour

Over 50,000 employees that work within the film industry voted overwhelmingly – 98% in favour to just 2% who voted against the stop-work action.

If workers do carry out the stop-work action, the strike would be the biggest walkout in Hollywood since World War Two.

Production sets could close down due to strike action.

Negotiations between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers broke down last month after the IATSE walked away from a deal.

That deal would have improved wages and rest periods, according to the Alliance – and included a nearly $400m pension and health plan.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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