Young Coronation Street stars are at war with the show’s bosses over their wage deals after wages were hit during the lockdown.
Many of the coolest faces in soap are on contracts that tie their pay to the number of appearances they make onscreen.
They are guaranteed a minimum of episodes and bonuses to play in more.
So far, the arrangement has enabled many players to earn more than double their basic income.
But Covid has led to the cut in the number of long-standing weekly soap payments.
So, many young actors have lost a fortune and are asking bosses to offer them improved deals – insisting they cannot survive on current rates.
Some say they might consider quitting.
Soap veterans such as Bill Roache, 88, who plays Ken Barlow, and Barbara Knox, 87, known to millions as Rita, are fully salaried workers, making them the highest earners in the world. series.
But the youngest talents, including Sair Khan, 32, who plays Alya Nazir, Brooke Vincent, 28, (Sophie Webster), Rob Mallard, 28 (Daniel Osbourne) and Tina O’Brien, 37 (Sarah Platt) , are paid per episode. .
This prompted the actors to band together to pressure their bosses for better conditions.
A source said: ‘A lot of young stars have done very well this way for a long time – but now Covid has hammered them in.
“When the number of shows per week was reduced due to the production shutdown, they all lost and are now pushing producers to accept a new way of doing things.
“And some have told their agents that they might consider walking if their income cannot be guaranteed. He got very heated on both sides. Actors want to know their life is secure – and ITV doesn’t want to pay people for more than they actually did. It’s very difficult. ”
However, it is understood that the bosses continue to negotiate individual agreements when each actor’s contract expires.
This includes longtime favorite Samia Longchambon, 38, who has reportedly agreed to stay on as Maria Connor.
It comes after a number of big stars left the ITV soap opera last year.
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Lucy Fallon, 24, Beverley Callard, 63, Katie McGlynn, 27, and Faye Brookes, 33, were among the eight parties.
Sources from Corrie told The Sun last year that the stars were fed up with the grueling hours, mediocre salary offers, and the toxic atmosphere on set.
This created a rift between some players due to the vast differences in wages.
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