Eurovision 2016 – A story in today’s Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, suggests the Eurovision broadcast could be at risk as SVT’s employees’ union announced a strike to start on the 18th April, which could involve 50 ESC crew members. Only news programs are safe when 800 of SVT’s employees are on strike in less than two weeks. The Union has given notice to 10,000 members on strike from 18 April. Collective bargaining negotiations between the trade union, and the employers’ association ALMEGA have stalled over pay increases and pension contributions.
Out of the 800 of these employees employed at SVT, 50 of them are said to be working on the Eurovision preparation including carpenters who build the stage, television cameramen, sound engineers and editorial employees.
This week, SVT’s Eurovision team reportedly held an emergency meeting to investigate exactly how production may be affected. SVT HR Director Helène Sahlin is reported to have said that she hopes that they will still be able to broadcast the show…!