STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Employees of the host broadcaster of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden’s SVT, will go on strike on April 18 in a move which could involve up to 50 members working on the Eurovision team.
Collective bargaining negotiations between the employee’s trade union and the employers’ association have stalled over pay increases and pension contributions.
Up to 10.000 union members will go on strike, while those working on this year’s Eurovision project, such as cameraman, stage construction workers, sound engineers, editorial staff and carpenters could all walk off the job.
Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet” reports that SVT has held an emergency meeting to see how the Eurovision broadcast will be affected by the imminent strike.
Furthermore, it reports that SVT HR Director Helène Sahlin has expressed hope that the network will be able to host the show.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be held from May 10 – 16, however pre-show preparations are already in full swing.