30 Jan 2018

Work begins on replacing the Hobbit Law

From Morning Report, 8:26 am on 30 January 2018

The actors' union is optimistic a new working group will find a way to restore collective bargaining rights for film workers, without necessarily changing the status of those who wish to continue working as independent contractors. The Working Group will be headed by lawyer and former political journalist Linda Clark, to replace the so-called Hobbit Law. That contentious law was introduced in 2010, after a bitter industrial dispute between some unions and the movie giant Warner Brothers - and Sir Peter Jackson. It prevented film workers from collective bargaining. Melissa Ansell-Bridges from Equity NZ, which represents performers who work in New Zealand's entertainment industries, is part of the Working Group. She joins Susie Ferguson to discuss.