CFTPA fails in effort to stop ACTRA's strike

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The trade association that speaks for Canadian
producers lost its bid to stop ACTRA's strike in Ontario's Courts today. The
CFTPA failed to stop ACTRA's strike and failed to get an injunction against
the continuation letters that ACTRA is offering to producers as a way of
ensuring stability in the industry.
    The court sided with ACTRA and stated that there was no evidence the
continuation letter strategy ACTRA adopted had caused 'irreparable harm' to
the industry or the CFTPA as the CFTPA had claimed.
    The court also ruled that unspecified issues should continue to be
litigated before an arbitrator. Arbitrations are often lengthy. Appeals are
also possible.
    ACTRA called on the association to stop wasting time and money and to
settle the current strike instead.
    "These fruitless legal strategies are diversionary tactics designed by
the CFTPA to avoid facing the real issues up front and head on," Waddell said.
"It's time for the CFTPA to accept ACTRA's four-point offer to settle all
outstanding issues and get this agreement done, so that the industry can get
back to work."
    In another blow to the CFTPA's legal strategy, conciliators from both
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador issued 'no board' reports which will
permit ACTRA to extend its strike to those provinces. These reports were
issued over the strenuous objections of the CFTPA which claimed that the
conciliators had no jurisdiction to go forward with the reports. The CFTPA
lost similar legal battles at the federal level and in the province of Ontario
earlier this month.

    ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is a
national organization of professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of
21,000 members across Canada - the foundation of Canada's highly acclaimed
professional performing community.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Taverner, Public Relations Officer,
ACTRA, (416) 644-1519, 1-800-387-3516, cell (416) 768-3336,

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