Despite a call by the Spanish Actors' Guild to support a nationwide general workers' strike planned for Thursday, June 20, the film industry will not come to a full stop.
Several film production companies contacted said they would not halt work on films currently shooting or rehearsing in Spain. A spokesperson for the Spanish Producers' Federation says the organisation has no indication of other guilds or professional groups striking within the sector.
However, as sources at production companies, laboratories and studios alike point out, companies such as theirs may open doors for business but workers have the right to join in the strike, meaning the ramifications will not be known until then. Strike-related staff reductions in sectors such as public transportation could also affect activity.
Most television production does look likely to stall for the day. Private free-to-air channels Antena 3 and Telecinco plan to offer minimum services including regular news broadcasts, but otherwise will play previously recorded material.
The Actors' Guild Wednesday called on its members to support the strike. Among the high profile actors to sign the Guild's petition were Pilar Bardem, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Juan Diego Botto and Asuncion Balaguer.