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TV workers end strike

Syed Firdaus Ashraf | November 24, 2008 17:05 IST

The television strike has finally come to an end as workers reported back to work on Monday.


Shooting in all the studios began in full swing and producers are hoping to telecast new shows as soon as possible.


Speaking to, Dinesh Chaturvedi, General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees said, "We all are back to work and there is no problem now. Shooting has begun everywhere."


The FWICE Union consists of more than 20 unions that include light man, make-up man, sound recordists and many others.


On the evening of November 19, union members signed the Memorandum of Understanding which gave an overall increase of 35 per cent in salary to most of the workers and also put them under terms of contract rather than being paid on daily basis.


A day later some of the union members that included sound recordists, production controllers and make-up men, backed out stating that they had gotten a raw deal. They refused to get back to work. As a result no shooting took place.


Asked if sound recordists and make-up men have agreed to report back to work, Chaturvedi said, "Yes. They too have agreed."


Asked what were the terms and condition and whether they got any hike in wages from producers, Chaturvedi said, "We are discussing some matters but we are confident to resolve the issue amicably. We will take two steps forward and so will the producers. And this is how the crisis will be resolved. At this moment however, we are going back to work."


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