14 Jun 2019

Hobbit law change a win - actors union

From Morning Report, 8:28 am on 14 June 2019

A union representing the country's actors says a proposed law change allowing film workers to collectively negotiate is a massive win.

Announcing the move on Thursday, Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the new law would give workers more rights than a straight repeal of the so-called Hobbit Law.

That law - which prevented film workers from collective bargaining - was introduced in 2010 by the National-led government, after a bitter industrial dispute between unions, Sir Peter Jackson and the movie company Warner Brothers.

Melissa Ansell-Bridges is the director of the actors' union Equity New Zealand. She talks to Corin Dann.