Quebec actors, producers avert strike


TORONTO -- A threatened strike was averted Monday when Quebec performers and the province's producers association said they have reached a tentative labor deal.

Following six months of talks, the Union des Artistes, which represents 6,900 Quebec stage, TV and film actors, and producers group L'Association des producteurs de films et de television du Quebec (APFTQ) issued a joint statement announcing that a new collective agreement had been reached late Sunday.

Terms of the new deal will not be made public until Union des Artistes members vote on the tentative deal in July, both sides said. APFTQ members also will vote on ratifying the new pact.

The Quebec performers union in May threatened an "intermittent strike" if a new collective deal was not reached by July 1 (HR 5/31).

Last week, unionized actors walked off the set of "Le Coeur a ses raisons," a TV series airing the French-language TVA network, to back their demands at the bargaining table.

English-language production in Quebec is unaffected by the Union des Artistes' agreement with Quebec producers.