The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has called off the proposed strike of its 22 crafts, which was scheduled to start on Wednesday after the revised wages for Hindi films and TV programmes were mutually agreed upon along with other issues.
Subsequent to a meeting between officials and representatives of the producers bodies (Guild, IFTPC and IMPPA) and the FWICE on Tuesday, it was unanimously decided that the film body would call off the strike.
In the meeting, both parties agreed upon the revised wages for Hindi films and TV programmes along with other issues, such as payment of one shift for film-television shoots scheduled anywhere in India, even for shoots outside Mumbai, non stoppage of shooting for any reason whatsoever by the FWICE or its affiliates and many others points were discussed and agreed upon and will be added in the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
A Joint Sub Committee comprising three-four representatives each from the producers bodies and the FWICE to be constituted that will discuss all other issues pertaining to the new MoU and submit the new MoU as mutually agreed upon decided by both producers bodies and the FWICE to the Empowered Committee.
The new MoU will be signed latest by June 20 with a grace period of an additional week.
The wage increment will be applicable on the current wages of members of the Allied Mazdoor Union, the Junior Artists Association and fighters. For the other crafts, which fall under contractual agreements between workers and producers, the base rate for these affiliate members’ will be decided by the Joint Sub Committee of the FWICE and producers bodies.
The terms and conditions of MoU, including wage revision, will be applicable from the date of signing of the MoU.