Telugu Film Workers Going On Strike Affects Many Films
Many technicians belonging to the 24 crafts announced a strike on Wednesday, June 22. This has left many films in a fix.
By Anoop Sai Bandi, June 27, 2022 13:11 IST
Technicians in the Telugu film industry belonging to the 24 crafts announced a strike on June 22. Nearly 25 films, which are under different stages of production have been affected because of this. They are demanding an increase in salary. Minister for Cinematography and Animal Husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav asked the Telugu Film Chamber, Telugu Film Producers Council, and Film Industry Employees Federation to solve the issue soon.'The wages of film workers have been pending revision for four years. Usually, they will be revised every three years, but the process got delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As the pandemic situation eased out, their wages must be revised and reviewed by the film industry bodies. Till now, no efforts were made in this regard. I stress the need for these bodies to sit together with the workers of 24 crafts and resolve the issue in a couple of days, failing which the situation may go out of hand,' said Talasani. Asked if the government will intervene in the issue, the Minister added, 'The film workers didn't give any strike notice in writing. Usually, the industry bodies solve such issues by mutual dialogue. The government is now giving them some time to provide a quick and amicable solution. I also spoke to Dr. E Gangadhar, joint commissioner of labor & director to work closely with the industry folks. I am hoping that the film bodies will make efforts to resolve the issue without the government's intervention.'