Equity, the actors’ union in the United Kingdom, is set to hold protests in London and Manchester on July 21 in support of the ongoing strike by American actors represented by SAG-AFTRA. The rally, which will feature a colorful display of banners, flags, and signs, aims to show solidarity with the striking actors and raise awareness about their cause. Notable attendees include Equity General Secretary Paul W. Fleming, Equity President Lynda Rooke, and former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. More participants will be announced in the coming days.
Equity has been vocal about its support for SAG-AFTRA since the strike was called. However, due to UK anti-trade union laws, SAG-AFTRA members currently working under an Equity UK collective bargaining agreement are required to continue reporting to work. This guidance was released by Equity last week. As a result, UK-based productions such as ‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘Industry,’ which fall under Equity collective bargaining agreements, are proceeding with filming despite the strike. Some projects, like ‘Amateur’ starring Rami Malek, have temporarily paused.