Union urges boycott of Hobbit films
An Australian-based union has called for an international boycott of the long-delayed production of The Hobbit movies in New Zealand - causing local producers to lash out at its bullying tactics.
Australia's Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance said makers of the Hobbit films refused to enter into a union-negotiated agreement and it advised members not to accept work on the planned two-film prequel to the blockbuster Lord Of The Rings trilogy due to be filmed in New Zealand.
But Peter Jackson, executive producer of the films and Academy Award-winning director of the trilogy, rejected the union's claims that actors will not be paid under standard union contracts, and could be let go with only a day's notice.
Jackson said he is a proud member of three Hollywood unions and he always honours actors' union conditions.