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Overwhelming majority of guild members vote to authorise strike action

Voice actors strike approved with 97% in favour

Proposals for video game voice actors to strike have met with major support from members of SAG-AFTRA.

The Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced it was voting on whether or not to strike last month. The referendum has been a “resounding success” with 96.52 per cent of members voting in favour of striking.

The issue at hand is the impasse reached while negotiating for new pay deals with publishers. Back-end bonuses has proven to be a particularly hotly-contested point: this would see video game voice actors receive residual payments based on the money made by triple-A titles.

However, this support does not mean that a strike will definitely take place yet.

SAG-AFTRA said in a statement: “It is important to note that the referendum result does not mean that members are on strike, rather, it gives the National Board the authority to declare a strike. A 75% “yes" vote was required to give the National Board that authority. 

“With this result in hand, the Negotiating Committee will seek to return to the bargaining table and continue to press for a fair resolution on behalf of performers working in video games.”

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