Tollywood workers end stir, to resume work from Friday

T'wood workers end helm, to resume work from Friday

Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation announced on Thursday that the film workers have called off their strike indefinitely and will resume work from Friday.

The Federation has announced that a coordination committee headed by film producer Dil Raju will consider the workers’ demand for wage review and make a decision.

The committee is expected to decide on the amount of the increase on Friday.

The breakthrough came after the Federation and the Council of Film Producers held talks on the advice of the Minister of Cinematography of Telangana, T. Srinivas Yadav.

Thousands of film workers in Tollywood stayed away from work for the second consecutive day on Thursday, demanding better wages, causing film production to be halted.

The shooting and other production-related works of at least 25 films in Hyderabad were affected by the 20,000 workers’ strike.

Telugu Film Chamber insisted that it would discuss wage issues with the workers when they return to work.

The matter reached Srinivas Yadav on Thursday. He advised both sides to resolve the issue amicably through talks.

Representatives of Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation and Film Producers’ Council separately called on the minister to inform him of their problems.

While Federation leaders told the minister that the workers’ demand for a 45 percent wage increase is justified, the producers told him that this would be a burden for them at a time when they had not fully recovered from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

The workers’ unions, made up of 24 cinema trades, had called for indefinite strikes to back their demands.

The workers said they had long demanded a wage revision in the face of rising fuel costs, all essential goods and school fees. They said they had fully cooperated with the filmmakers by not pushing for their demand as the film producers were hit hard by Covid-19.

The union leaders said they were forced to launch the protest because no steps were taken to meet their demand, although they had discussed the issues with the Telugu Film Chamber for the past six months.

They said that since the movie industry has recovered from the impact of Covid and produced some big hits, including pan-Indian movies, the movie room needs to take the initiative and meet their long-running demand.

The protest impacted the production of films including Chiranjeevi’s ‘Waltair Veerayya’, ‘Bholaa Shankar’ and Prabhas’ ‘Salaar’ and ‘RC 15’.

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