Film Forum must be constituted to protect workers and the Irish Film Industry - Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Peadar Tóibín TD has called on Minister Josepha Madigan and the Irish Film Board to intervene in the Irish film industry immediately.
Teachta Tóibín said;
“Workers within the industry are seeking to develop more stable and permanent working conditions within the industry.
"Production companies at the same time are operating within an international market and within the market structure created by the government.
“This is leading to conflict within the sector which today has led to the picketing of a Norwegian and Irish film production at the site of the old John Payer factory in Dublin. If the issues are not dealt with by the government soon, it is my view that grievances amongst workers at potential displacement will mean industrial actions may spread across the sector.
"Production companies working within the law as it stands will see their investments jeopardized. This will in no doubt damage the international reputation of the industry.
"Minister Madigan needs to get to grip with this issue immediately. The Minister must get all of the stake holders within the industry, from unions to production companies around a table and work out a mutually beneficial solution to these problems.
"Each day the Minister kicks this issue into touch, the more difficulties will arise. At a recent Oireachtas Committee meeting on the subject of the Film Industry that I chaired the Irish Film Board agreed that they would be open to the reconstitution of the Film Forum. The Minister must not delay in addressing this."