Student or Learner
"Fleeing high costs,strict work rules and actor and writer strikes at home, US studios are farming out more work to locales from Cambodia to Canada."
Does "strikes at"refer to an actor or writer or both of them? Why there is no article before actor or writer? What's the meaning of "strict rules and actor and writer"?
This is a very hard sentence to construe, as in 'Fleeing high costs,strict work rules and actor and writer strikes at home' there are seven possible nouns and a verbal noun. A comma before the first 'and' would help, but not much. The key is to know that the last six words (four of which could be nouns), and that the phrasal verb 'strikes at' is not involved, so that the whole phrase means 'strikes [=withdrawal of labour] [by] actors and writers [that are taking place] at home'.