Workers strike threaten future of film industry
Shootings have been on the hold for the last 10 days, thanks to the strike by workers. There has been uncertainty on film shootings as workers have been adamant on wage revision. Producers revise wages of film workers every three years. Following discussions, producers agreed for 32 per cent pay hike for which only 17 of the 24 crafts associations agreed. The issue is in turmoil as the rest of the seven are seeking 50 per cent hike. Producers are threatening the workers of bringing Labour Act in place in which cases workers will be incurring losses.
Each worker is being paid from Rs 500- 600 a day now and once the Act come into place they will be paid somewhere around Rs 150-200. Many feel that, frequent strikes would turn away new producers from entering the industry causing loss to Telugu film industry. As the South Indian film industry members are coming in two to three days to bring both the parties to a table so as to settle the issue amicably through discussions, we can hope to end the impasse.