Over the weekend it was revealed that the stars of hit ITV soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street are considering taking strike action after learning that their salaries are set to fall by as much as 30%.
It’s believed that ITV have decided to cut costs by reducing the amount the cast of their dramas are paid by way of royalties for repeat airings of episodes of the soaps. In addition, it’s proposed that the actors will be paid less for making personal appearances.
And understandably, many of the actors who will be affected aren’t happy with the news, however, a group of long-serving Corrie stars, who’ve been dubbed “The Weatherfield 12” will be unaffected by the cuts due to the nature of their contracts…
One soap star, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Star, “It’s come out of nowhere and it’s potentially going to decimate our pay.
“The repeat fees and online fees make up about 30% of our pay. We’re all very, very unhappy.
“There have been several high-level meetings with our union reps and they’re locked in negotiations with ITV.
“We’ve had several meetings with them and they’re backing us all the way – but they can’t guarantee it won’t happen.”
The actor added, “Privately, people are talking about going on strike if this is pushed through though.
“It’s just very unfair. Soap actors don’t earn the fortunes that people think we do and this will have a serious effect on our general quality of life.
“We’re just hoping that ITV reconsider things and pay us fairly. We work long hours and deserve what we get.”
It’s understood that representatives of the cast at union Equity are “in talks” with ITV in an attempt to persuade them to reconsider their cost-cutting measures.
A TV source said, “The actors have made their feelings very clear to ITV. If ITV forces this issue then there could be serious consequences.
“People will strike or may even quit. It’s a big, big problem.”
ITV staff went on strike in 1979, and all that viewers saw on the channel was a statement saying programmes had been interrupted due to industrial action.
Here’s what happened when the dispute was resolved…