MUMBAI: The television industry workers’ strike was been called off after 10 long days. The dispute between the workers and producers has been settled and a mutual agreement was signed.
The MoU was signed between the Federation of Western Cine Employees (FWICE) and the core committee of producers’ associations comprising IMPAA, Film and Television Producers Guild of India and AMPTPP.
As per the new rates fixed for workers, temporary television workers will get a 10 per cent daily wage hike, whereas other workers and technicians who are employed for longer periods will get a monthly salary.
The monthly salaries decided upon for various workers are as follows:
Spot boy: Rs 15,300
Light man: Rs 16,800
Electrician: Rs 18,800
Carpenter: Rs 16,800
Assistant Carpenter: Rs 14,800
Sound recordists: Rs 40,000
Boom Man: Rs 20,000
Make up Man + 2 Assistants (Rs 80,000)
Hair Dresser + 1 Assistant (Rs 51,000)
Dress Man + 1 Assistant (Rs 36,000)
On the other hand, set construction workers will be paid as per their present shift wages.
Additionally, workers would also be entitled to receive one month’s notice of termination by the producer. The shift timing of work will be 9 am to 10 pm and after 10 pm overtime on an hourly basis will be paid to the workers.
From 10 November onwards, all general entertainment channels have been airing repeat telecast of their shows due to the workers’ strike. The only exception that was made was for Color’s reality show Bigg Boss, which could not be pulled off air due to the nature of its format.