Members of Irish Equity and Equity (UK) have joined forces to call for equal treatment for performers working on international co-productions in Ireland.

The unions claim that international production companies are applying lesser terms and conditions to Ireland-based performers.

They say that when working on the same film or TV production, UK performers do so on standard Equity UK union contracts that entitle them to receive payment for royalties, residuals and repeats, while their Irish colleagues are on non-union contracts that do not.

Union members have agreed to mobilise their colleague actors to ensure fair treatment.

President of Irish Equity Gerry O'Brien said: "At the point of production, in both television series and films, the minimum terms and conditions for the engagement of performers can favour non-resident performers over local hire."

General Secretary at Equity Paul Fleming said: "We want to continue to work with Irish Equity and members of both unions to showcase how important it is that the terms and conditions are equitable for those working in film and TV all over Ireland, to harmonise our expectations of fair treatment and ensure a good deal from producers."