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English National Opera singers promise songs of resistance

Issue No. 2493

A chorus (not the one from the English National Opera) during a performance of Akhnaten by Phillip Glass. Members of the Equity union plan a strike during the first act of a performance in March

A chorus (not the one from the English National Opera) during a performance of Akhnaten by Phillip Glass. Members of the Equity union plan a strike during the first act of a performance in March (Pic: MITO SettembreMusica/Flickr)


Singers at the English National Opera (ENO) in central London have voted to strike against redundancies and pay cuts.

The members of the Equity union voted 100 percent to strike.

ENO bosses want to slash choristers’ pay and reduce the size of the chorus from 44 to 40.

They also want to shorten the chorus’ contract from

12 to nine months.

The singers are set to strike during the first act of the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten on 18 March.

They also plan to stage actions short of strike from this Friday until 19 March.

This could include refusal to work overtime and protests during performances, rehearsals and costume calls.


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Tue 1 Mar 2016, 17:44 GMT
Issue No. 2493
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