WGA Strike: Global Solidarity Day Kicks Off Around The World With Russell T. Davies, Jack Thorne Among Scribes Showing Support

British big-hitters Russell T. Davies, Jack Thorne and Dennis Kelly are preparing to stand with writers around the world today in support of striking scribes on a global day of solidarity and action.

Badged ‘Screenwriters Everywhere,’ writers and protestors from almost two-dozen countries will march later to show support for their American counterparts, who put their pens down on May 2.

Actions are taking place throughout the globe including at Netflix’s office in Seoul, South Korea, Apple and Amazon in Canada and the European Parliament in Brussels.

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The Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)-organized protest in the UK will be attended by the likes of Doctor Who Showrunner Davies, Help’s Thorne, The Full Monty writers Alice Nutter and Simon Beaufoy, and The Third Day’s Kelly. WGGB President Sandi Toksvig and Chair Lisa Holdsworth will make speeches around 1 p.m. GMT (5 a.m. PT).

Toksvig said: “Everything starts with the writer, and we need to make sure that those who profit from the creative brilliance of writers, share those profits with writers, so they can be paid properly, enjoy fair working conditions and are treated with dignity and respect. These are the principles on which the trade union movement was founded, and they are more important today than they have ever been.”

“It’s a hard thing, navigating it all is tough,” Thorne told Deadline last week. “I’m trying to work out what I’m putting on my placard. I’m going to be spending most of the rest of the week working out what clever thing I can write.”

The WGGB has urged all of its members to refuse work on WGA projects since the dispute – which shows no sign of ending soon – started six weeks ago. Other unions from around the world have made similar demands. The WGGB’s protest is being supported by Equity, Bectu, the Musicians’ Union and the National Union of Journalists, alongside WGA members in the UK.

You can see the full list of actions below:

Netflix, Buenos Aires, Argentina

European Parliament, Brussels

Apple and Amazon, Canada

National Assembly, Bulgaria

FoxTelecolombia, Colombia

Eiffel Tower, France

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

Tel Aviv Central Library, Israel

Estudios Churubusco, Mexico

EYE Film Museum, Netherlands

Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Poland

Netflix, Seoul, South Korea

Filmoteca de Catalunya and Valenciana, Spain

The Riksdag, Sweden

Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom

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