English National Opera Strike Postponed Following Conversations with Unions

By Francisco Salazar

The English National Opera has announced that proposed strikes have been postponed as the company and the unions have come to an agreement.

In a statement, the company said, “We are pleased to confirm that following constructive conversations with both Equity and Musicians’ Union, the proposed industrial action has been suspended and the opening night of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on 1 February will go ahead as planned.”

It added, “We have reached an interim settlement with Equity that we hope to confirm following the completion of our ongoing negotiations with the Musicians’ Union. We thank them for their constructive talks over the past few weeks. We will now commence a period of mediation with the Musicians’ Union as we seek to reach a similar agreement, and to finalise the details of both offers. ENO wants to thank all of our audiences for their continued support.”

The news comes after the chorus members of the English National Opera voted 100 percent in favor of strike action in a ballot conducted by its union, Equity.