The FWICE has called for an indefinite strike from May 6, 2015, as a last resort since the producers’ bodies are unwilling to arrive at a mutually agreeable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which seeks to regulate working conditions in the film and TV industries.
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) as everyone knows is the parent body of 22 trade unions of the film and TV industries in Western India, representing all the working people therein, including light men, spot boys, junior artistes, actors, cinematographers, sound recordists and all other technicians, including screenwriters and directors.
For too long the above technicians have suffered haphazard contractual arrangements and delayed payments says FWICE and have suggested the following:
1. A15% annual increment in their wages.
2. Workers to be paid within one month of completion of work.
3. Ensure that all shootings don’t exceed 12 hours.
4. Ensure safety measures and insurance for workers on sets.
5. Issue formal letter of contract to all hired technicians.
If the film and TV industry looks forward t good talent and content, it is important that the producer-technician relationship be respected.