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Putting an end to the long hours culture in the global film & TV industry.

On 4 November 2021, UNI Global Union – media, entertainment & arts (UNI MEI) held a global gathering of its affiliated unions to build an international approach to addressing the challenges to safe working hours and conditions in the film and television industry.

The webinar presented the results of an online survey among 28 affiliate unions from 22 countries. The survey gathered data on collective agreements, working hours and terms and conditions.

The survey and the testimony from union leaders during the webinar highlighted the key aspects of a global longs hours culture that make working in the film and TV industry, unfair, unequal, unsafe and unsustainable for many workers. Too often, crews are required to work more than 50-hours per week. Recurrent overtime, insufficient rest, the extensive use of weekend work and the disrespect of basic safety requirements are global trends of an industry that is dominated by multi-billion-dollars-multinational companies, and national gatekeepers.

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“I’ve been on a lot of sets with insane schedules. The burnout is real, and it takes a massive toll on the crew”

“I have been so tired on that show that I cannot get out of the car when I arrive at work and feel like vomiting from tiredness. Working 15-hour days on set”

“I fell asleep whilst driving at the end of a seven-day week. Thankfully, I didn’t injure anyone else, but I suffered minor injuries myself”

“I have done overtime everyday with back-to-back weekends, Saturdays, and Sundays. I haven’t been to the movies with my kids in a long time”


80% working more than 12 hours a day. It forces some people to sleep in their car to avoid car crashes.


59% of respondents say that weekend work is a common and regular practice. It eliminates time for family, health, and rest.


Film & TV workers in most countries work average 40 to 50 hours per week, even more than 50 hours considering prep and wrap time.

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