Filming halts on Gloria due to union strike
Gloria is the first drama production to halt filming as a result of the union strike (details here), after the cast decided to follow the union’s stance and refused to shoot on September 2.
KBS and now SBS have settled the unpaid wage issue with the broadcasting/film labor union, but that leaves MBC still trying to find a way to resolve their outstanding payments. Four productions are at issue; other than Gloria, they are Playful Kiss, Kim Suro, and Dong Yi.
On the afternoon of the 2nd, union reps came to the Gloria set at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan to talk with the actors face to face. Producers had intended to film that day, but after the meeting ended at 3:30 pm, the entire cast — including leads Bae Doo-na, Lee Chun-hee, and Seo Ji-seok — refused to participate. At 7:15 pm, the filming crew decided to call it a day.
An MBC representative stated that this weekend’s episodes of Gloria will air as planned. (Presumably, those scenes have finished shooting.) However, if this strike continues, next weekend’s broadcast may be endangered.