Film workers of AP call for strike

Thousands of film workers of Andhra Pradesh have declared they will go on strike from April 8.  The workers are demanding a hike in their wages, but Telugu film producers are refusing to discuss their demands. "Workers of all the 24 crafts will not participate in any shooting from tomorrow until our demands are met," leaders of the A P Film Industry Employees Federation (APFIEF) declared.

Thousands of film workers of Andhra Pradesh have declared they will go on strike from April 8.  The workers are demanding a hike in their wages, but Telugu film producers are refusing to discuss their demands. "Workers of all the 24 crafts will not participate in any shooting from tomorrow until our demands are met," leaders of the A P Film Industry Employees Federation (APFIEF) declared.

Earlier, the Telugu film industry had come to a grinding halt for nearly two months at the end of last year when film workers struck work demanding wage hike. That strike ended with an assurance that their demands would be looked into and fresh agreements signed, but the producers have gone back on their promise. According to the workers, there has been no wage revision in the industry for the last 6 years.

The AP film producers claim that they want a common negotiation of wages of the producers and workers in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films and that until such an agreement is reached the AP workers must wait. This is not acceptable to the workers of the AP film industry.

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