The Government will not repeal the "Hobbit law", which provoked street protests in 2010 to keep filming for The Hobbit to stay in New Zealand. Photo: NZ HeraldThe Government will introduce a new law to allow film industry workers to collectively bargain from next year, but striking will be illegal and the “Hobbit” law will not be repealed. Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway made the announcement today, saying that this option would benefit more workers than a straight repeal of the Hobbit law. But the Government rejected the group’s recommendation to expand the Hobbit law from the film and video games industries to all screen production work. “The model will apply to screen production work such as on films, drama serials, commercials and video games,” Lees-Galloway said.
Source: Otago Daily Times June 13, 2019 02:48 UTC