by Stuff — 28 September 2022
A bill that will reinstate collective bargaining and minimum rights for film and television workers – revising the so-called Hobbit law – passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday.
The Screen Industry Workers Bill passed with support from Labour, the Greens, Te Pāti Māori and independent MP Gaurav Sharma, with National and ACT opposing it.
Screen industry groups have celebrated the bill’s passing, saying it will help repair the damage caused by the former National Government’s Employment Relations (Film Production Work) Amendment Bill, which in 2010 prevented collective bargaining among film workers after actors on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit took industrial action.
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