Corrie stars to strike?
- Bang Showbiz
- 5 January 2012
'Coronation Street' stars could strike after the show omnibus was shifted from ITV1 to ITV2, meaning they stand to lose lucrative repeat fees
'Coronation Street' stars could go on strike after their current pay deals have been threatened.
Actors on the long-running soap are said to be furious after receiving letters before Christmas saying the Saturday omnibus is to move from ITV1 this weekend to air on digital spin-off channel ITV2 .
This means they will lose the repeat fee they currently receive - which is 37.5 per cent of their episode pay - for appearances in the omnibus and will instead all share a small royalty payment instead, leading to widespread fury on set.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The stars are not happy and without the stars there is no show.
"They don't feel they deserve a pay cut while the show is at the top of its game.
"If the situation isn't resolved some cast members have indicated they'd be prepared to go on strike."
Cast members - who earn up to £250,000 a year depending on length of service and prominence in storylines - and representatives from actors union Equity have been holding talks with ITV chiefs over the situation.
A union insider said: "Equity wants to protect the value of their members' work.
"Now we need to work out how the repeat fee is negotiated when their work is broadcast across different media, be it digital or online."
A show spokesperson confirmed negotiations are underway and said programme chiefs are hopeful a deal can be agreed.
They said: "We are in the process of talking to cast members whose pay may be affected by the ending of the omnibus repeat on ITV1.
"We expect to come to an arrangement in the next few weeks. In the meantime we have confirmed that we will continue with repeat fee payments."