Industrial action threatens The Australian Ballet

Enterprise bargaining negotiations between dancers and management have seen MEAA Equity called in to assist.

Dancers from The Australian Ballet strike in Canberra in 1970. Image via The Australian Ballet Archives; photographer unknown.

Conflict has arisen between management at The Australian Ballet and the company’s MEAA Equity members over pay conditions.

Dancers are seeking appropriate financial compensation for their increased workload.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts