Actors have been discussing not working on unpaid or underpaid work for a long time. But now the disussion is shifting to not ATTENDING unpaid theatre. In effect: a boycott.
There is good reasoning behind choosing a boycott over a strike. First of all, actors need to respect the choice other professionals who are free to choose to undertake unpaid work or not.
Therefore a boycott is tenable where a strike is not. It is fair to ask actors, casting directors, producers, directors, technicians and other theatre workers to choose to spend their hard earned money watching shows that pay actors and technicians at least minimum wage.
The boycott would perhaps last a month, sometime in 2011.
A boycott of this nature would bite more; since the audience for unpaid theatre is, ironically, largely made up of other theatre professionals and workers. And this may have a more persuasive effect on employers to pay their actors and technicians at least the legal minimum.
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