The Australian Ballet dancers pivot to industrial action

Stalled pay negotiations reflect the financial woes of the country's leading ballet company.

In recent weeks stories have continued to emerge regarding the protected industrial action being undertaken by company dancers at The Australian Ballet. Negotiations with company management, which began in September 2022, have now stalled.

When ArtsHub investigated the current situation, two different narratives emerged. On the one hand, after taking a voluntary pay cut to keep the lights on across 2020/21 company dancers are concerned with how they will continue to cope with the rising costs of living.

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.