Date: 23rd May 2002

Guy Pearce attacks SAG

Time Machine, The (2001) star Guy Pearce has criticized an American actors' union for trying to stop its members from working in Australia on lower wages.

In May, the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) began enforcing a rule that orders its 98,000 members not to work on a film, television show or theatrical production in Australia or any other country unless they have union-approved contracts and are offered US rates of pay.

The union said on its website that its Global Rule One would "ensure that the protections of the Guild follow our performers wherever they may work".
"I would hate for it to affect, actually change, the (Australian) industry, that's just crazy," Pearce said.

Source: Press Release