FWICE To Call Off Strikes After Mutual Agreement With Producers Bodies

FwiceAfter a recent meeting held between the members of Producers Bodies namely Guild, IFTPC and IMPPA and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) on May 5th, it has been mutually agreed upon that the strike proposed by FWICE earlier on 22 crafts will be called off with immediate effect starting from yesterday that is May 6.

FWICE had undergone a strike due to some wage and remuneration issues it had with the Producers Bodies. Presidents of all the three bodies, Mukesh Bhatt, T.P. Aggarwal and Sajid Nadiadwala have joined hands and unanimously convinced the FWICE to put an end to the strike. A proper wage increment has been agreed upon and the revised wages will soon be applied to all current wage members including Allied Mazdoor Union, Junior Artists Association and Fighters.

Various aspects other than increment in wages for Hindi films and television programmes were discussed and mutually agreed upon. Some of which included the issues of payment of One Shift for film/television shoots scheduled anywhere in India and stoppage of shooting for any reason whatsoever by FWICE or its affiliates. A New Memorandum of Understanding was created at the end of the meeting.

A new Joint Sub Committee comprising of 3-4 members each representing both Producers Bodies and FWICE was established and as decided, all the other issues pertaining to the newly created Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be discussed by the said empowered committee. For the revised wages of crafts that fall under contractual agreements between workers and producers the Joint Sub Committee will take decision. Terms and conditions of MoU will be applicable from the date of signing which has been decided as June 20th, 2015 with a grace period of one week.

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