The month long strike by the Federation of Western India Cine Workers (FWICE) has finally come to some sort of a conclusion. Although there are differences to be sorted out, the Federation has decided to end the strike and resume work.
Dinesh Chaturvedi, General Secretary, FWICE, confirmed to exchange4media that “the strike is off and the shootings, too, have resumed completely”. He was also quick to refute reports of fresh disputes during the shoots at some locations. He insisted, “There must have been some minor disputes, which at most times are blown out of proportion. The fact, however, is that the shootings have commenced full fledged from Monday, November 24, 2008.”
With the strike finally over and the workers resuming to work, the advertisers and broadcasters can now breathe easy and the viewers can also expect fresh episodes on the Hindi GECs soon. Chaturvedi also reiterated that the 12-member core committee formed on November 21 would resolve all the differences and sort out issues concerning both producers and workers.
The MoU signed on November 19, which has been scrapped, had mentioned that it would supersede all previous MoUs and contracts in relation to the wages and working conditions. The workers had reacted strongly against the MoU, and the Federation officers, who had signed it were left with little choice but to back out.
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