Strike at Stratford theatre festival averted
Work is being done to prepare for the opening of the 2012 season of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ont. on Friday, May 25, 2012.
Published Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:24PM EDT
A strike by call-centre staff at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival was averted on Sunday, after an agreement was reached between their union and festival officials.
The call-centre staff handles ticket sales for the popular theatre festival.
The deal, which still needs to be ratified, sees workers getting a 5.5 per cent wage increase over two years and contains a clause that ensures that the festival will not contract out call-centre work for the duration of the agreement.
Officials say there has never been a strike in the festival's history.
News of the agreement broke on the eve of the festival's 60th season, which starts Monday with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing.