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Tollywood workers end strike to resume work from Friday

To resume work from Friday, wood workers end agitation

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

The federation announced that a coordination committee headed by filmmaker Dil Raju would consider and decide on workers’ demand for wage revision.

The committee is expected to decide on the quantum of hike on Friday.

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

For the second consecutive day on Thursday, thousands of film workers in Tollywood stayed away from work demanding better wages, which brought the film production to a standstill.

The strike of 20,000 workers affected the shooting of at least 25 films and other production related work in Hyderabad.

The Telugu Film Chamber was insisting that it would discuss the salary issue with him if he returned to work.

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

Representatives of Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation and Film Producers Council met the minister separately to brief them about their problems.

While the federation leaders told the minister that the demand for a 45 per cent hike in the wages of workers was justified, the producers told them that it would burden them at a time when they are yet to fully recover from the impact of Covid. There are 19 epidemics.

Trade unions consisting of 24 craftsmen of cinema had called for an indefinite strike for their demand.

The workers said they had been demanding a revision in wages for a long time in view of the rising cost of fuel, all essential commodities and school fees. He said that he extended all cooperation to the filmmakers by not pressurizing their demands as the filmmakers were badly affected by Kovid-19.

Sangh leaders said they were forced to launch a protest as no steps were taken to meet their demand, though they had been discussing issues with the Telugu Film Chamber for the past six months.

He said that since the film industry has recovered from the impact of Covid and has produced some big hits including pan-India films, the film chamber should take the initiative and fulfill their long pending demand.

Due to the protests, the production of films like Chiranjeevi’s ‘Voltair Veeraiah’, ‘Bhola Shankar’ and Prabhas’s ‘Saalar’ and ‘RC 15’ were affected.

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