Tolly impasse resolved

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 20.12.11
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The stand-off between technicians and producers over pay hike that forced shooting to hit the pause button at Tollywood on Sunday has been resolved.

Representatives of The Technicians Federation, with which the 26 guilds of the 6,500 technicians in the industry are affiliated, agreed to a 25 per cent hike in a meeting with producers at NT1 studio in Tollygunge on Monday. Shoots happened on schedule during the day.

On Sunday, technicians had refused to work unless they were granted a 40 per cent hike immediately. Most of the protesters were technicians who are paid daily.

The shootings disrupted included those for producer Ashok Dhanuka’s new film with Prosenjit and director Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s Muktadhara.

The meeting that resolved the deadlock was steered by Tollygunge MLA Arup Biswas. Members of the Bengal Film Producers Forum, Dhanuka and Shrikant Mohta, and members of Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (Eimpa) attended it, apart from technicians. “Work will not be stalled in future,” Biswas later said.

Mahendra Soni of Shree Venkatesh Films said: “Technicians had stopped work over a pending wage increase. We have mutually agreed to a 25 per cent hike.”

Bijoy Kalyani, the president of Eimpa, said: “We will deal with the rest of the technicians’ demands by February 15, after the elections of our association.”

The Bengal Film Producers Forum, which has around 250 of the 400 registered Tollywood producers as members, had joined the protest.

“Wages are meant to be raised every three years under Eimpa rules but there had been no increment for over four years,” said Gautam Saha, the general secretary of the forum.