For a second consecutive day on June 23, thousands of film workers in Hyderabad had stayed away from work demanding better wages.

Tollywood film workers end strike after producers agree to consider wage hikeTelugu film workers protesting for wage hike
news Protest Friday, June 24, 2022 - 08:57

The Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation on Thursday, June 23, announced that the film workers have called off their indefinite strike and will be resuming work from Friday. The Federation announced that a coordination committee headed by film producer ‘Dil’ Raju will consider the demand of the workers for wage revision and make a decision. The committee is expected to decide the quantum of hike on Friday. The breakthrough came after the Federation and Film Producers' Council held talks with the protesting workers. 

For a second consecutive day on Thursday, thousands of film workers in Tollywood stayed away from work demanding better wages, bringing film production to a halt. Shooting and other production-related works of at least 25 films in Hyderabad were affected due to the strike by 20,000 workers. Telugu Film Chamber earlier insisted that it will discuss the wage issues with the workers if they return to work.

The issue reached state Minister for Cinematography Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Thursday. He advised both sides to sort out the issue amicably through talks. Representatives of the Telugu Film Industry Employees Federation and Film Producers' Council called on the minister separately to brief him on their problems. While the Federation leaders told the minister the workers' demand for a 45% hike in wage is justified, the producers conveyed to him that this would impose a burden on them at a time when they were yet to fully recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

The workers' unions, comprising 24 crafts of cinema, had called for an indefinite strike to press for their demand. The workers said they had long been demanding revision in wages in view of the increasing cost of fuel, all essential commodities and school fees. They said they extended all cooperation to the filmmakers by not pressing for their demand as the film producers were hit hard by COVID-19.

The union leaders said they were forced to launch the protest as no steps were taken to meet their demand though they had been discussing the issues with the Telugu Film Chamber for the last six months. They said the film industry has recovered from the impact of COVID-19 and has produced some big hits including pan-India movies, and therefore the Film Chamber should take the initiative and address their long-pending demand. The protest had affected the production of many films, including Chiranjeevi's Bhola Shankar, Prabhas' Salaar and Ram Charan’s RC 15.

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